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Tuesday, May 11 2004

Chronic Wasting Disease Lingers

Not exactly a day-brightener, but it’s worth reporting: chronic wasting disease apparently lingers in the environment. The disease is not only tranmissable from animal to animal, but also from ground to animal, for as long as two years. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is acting to kill off as many infected animals as possible, in an attempt to limit possible sources of new disease exposure.

CWD is apparently similar to Mad Cow Disease, whereby prions infect the brain tissue of the animal. It’s important to point out that cooking doesn’t protect you from the disease.

+ Dan @ 02:52pm

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