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Name: Shelly W.
Status: Student
Age: 17
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: January 2004


Question:
What are some deer diseases that affect humans? And also what are deer diseases that affect the quality of deer meat?



Replies:
The main one that comes to mind these days is Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which can affect deer and elk. It is the same thing as Mad Cow disease (in cows) and Cruetzfeld-Jacob disease (in humans). In all cases, the infectious agent is something called a prion. The history of this disease is a fascinating one, involving research of headhunters and cannibals, and the controversial discovery of an entirely new type of infectious agent that does not appear to have any DNA or RNA.

Paul Mahoney


I have read over a year ago that Mad Cow has infiltrated some wild deer populations out west and perhaps in western Canada......I think I heard that kills in certain states must be tested before they consumed. Its not clear how widespread this might be.......my guess is its rather isolated and small or we'd hear more about it on the news, esp. in light of the recent dairy cattle positives in WA state.

Lou Harnisch



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