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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2006, 10:22:00 PM »
One more thought about contact with animals. When the bird flu comes, if it does, then we may wish to change our attitude towards birds in the house. When mad cow hits your area, then you may wish to keep your cow out of the kitchen. When we find that cats have "mad cat disease" we may want to limit our children's exposure to cats. On the other hand, some may wish to do nothing.

But, each ought to have the information about the infectious nature of the diseases that are spreading around the world. Don't we all agree on this?  :)

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« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2006, 11:39:00 AM »
The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) has confirmed that two legally harvested bull moose from northern Colorado have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Those who think that their range fed cows and chickens are free from disease need to reconsider.
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« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2006, 09:13:00 PM »
Canada's CWD is spreading. Meridian Booster
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2007, 03:45:00 PM »
Study: Disease Among Deer Spread in Saliva

A study in Science confirms what scientists have long suspected--that chronic wasting disease is spread in deer through saliva.

The disease which is similar to mad cow disease, is easily transmittable among deer (and elk, and ,moose, also) and the saliva route explains why: grazing an area that has been grazed by another deer may lead to infection.

The study, by researchers from Colorado State University and other institutions, also found prions, the infectious agent, in deer blood.  --The Press-Enterprise, Dec. 22, 2006, Riverside Calif.

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2007, 04:59:00 AM »
How does this affect our children who play in a yard where deer and elk both graze regularly?

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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2007, 07:09:00 AM »
Hi Sister Esther:

The prions are only dangerous when eating the meat of Deer and Elk. What can be a problem if they are allowed to graze on your land is the ticks and lyme disease.

Then again I am not sure if ticks who have sucked on the deer blood and then bite into a person could have a problem with prions or mad cow disease as well.

Something to think about??

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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2007, 07:27:00 PM »
Why can a deer infect another deer with silva and not a human? I think that it has been shown that there are numerous risks for infection with BSE besides in our food.
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« Reply #27 on: January 04, 2007, 10:27:00 AM »
Update - December 21, 2006

Alberta is about half-way through testing for the provincial chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance program for 2006-07. Three additional cases of CWD in wild deer have been confirmed, out of about 1,600 deer tested. This brings the total to 16 cases in wild deer in Alberta since the first case in September 2005.

The three new cases involve deer taken during the recent hunting season in areas monitored for CWD. A male mule deer from along the Red Deer River (wildlife management unit [WMU] 151) tested positive, as did two female mule deer taken west of Edgerton and south of Chauvin (in WMU 234).

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« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2007, 02:22:00 AM »
 
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Originally posted by Richard Myers:
Why can a deer infect another deer with silva and not a human? I think that it has been shown that there are numerous risks for infection with BSE besides in our food.

That was my concern Brother Richard. I thought perhaps children might get the saliva on their hands then in their mouths.


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« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2007, 04:57:00 AM »
Just curious has there been any connection with CWD to humans yet? As speak YET, I do believe that many disease from animals are now and will continue to pass to humans. It is not if for some, but a matter of when for all.

It interests me that we yet to have the mass slaughter of cows as did England several years ago due to Mad Cow Disease, but we are running out of time and it will happen soon.

Right now the government is hinding and trying to keep the tide of what will happen because of the monitary disaster that would follow.

I was reading on the topic of meat and it hit me when they said that what people are eating is dead cells. The second the animal is slaughter the cells begin to die. Are they keeping the slaughter houses cold enough for the meat, but then again the workers working in such a situation what of them?

Just thinking when I realized that it is not millions of animals slaughtered around the world for food, but billions.

 

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« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2007, 09:37:00 PM »
This is an older story that I just ran across.  April 2002.

Minneapolis resident from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) otherwise might be unremarkable except for this: Boss got the disease at an unusually young age, 39, and he regularly consumed venison, including deer meat from Wisconsin.

Last month, chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal brain disorder that affects deer, elk and other cervids, was found in the Wisconsin deer herd. The disease is similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an always-fatal brain disorder that affects several hundred people in the U.S. every year.  source

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« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2007, 09:33:00 AM »
It is more wide-spread than first imagined. Thank you for this article.
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« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2007, 07:11:00 AM »
Three Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
In Hampshire County, West Virginia


The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that
three more free-ranging white-tailed deer in Hampshire County, West
Virginia, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). This brings the
total number of CWD-positive deer found in Hampshire County to 13. These
most recent samples were collected from a total of 101 adult deer taken in
March and April by DNR personnel as part of an ongoing and intensive CWD
surveillance effort. The three CWD-positive deer were collected within the
CWD Containment Area located north of U.S. Route 50 in Hampshire County. The
CWD laboratory testing was conducted by the Southeastern Cooperative
Wildlife Disease Study, which is located at the University of Georgia’s
College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia.

When CWD was first confirmed in Hampshire County in September 2005, the DNR
immediately implemented its CWD – Incident Response Plan. As part of that
plan, the DNR has been engaged in intensive CWD surveillance efforts
designed to determine the distribution and prevalence of the disease. These
surveillance efforts have included carefully planned and coordinated deer
collections within Hampshire County by CWD deer collection teams comprised
of Wildlife Biologists, Wildlife Managers and Conservation Officers within
the DNR. “These deer collection teams have continued their efforts to gather
appropriate samples within the surveillance area to accurately determine the
prevalence and distribution of CWD,” said DNR Director Frank Jezioro.

“Our initial CWD surveillance data suggests the disease is located within a
relatively small geographic area located near Slanesville, West Virginia,”
noted Jezioro. This is encouraging news from a wildlife disease management
perspective. “Based upon these findings, we have implemented appropriate
management actions designed to control the spread of this disease, prevent
further introduction of the disease and possibly eliminate the disease from
the state,” Jezioro added.

The following disease management strategies have been implemented by the DNR
within the affected area of Hampshire County.

· Continue CWD surveillance efforts designed to determine the prevalence and
distribution of the disease;

· Lower deer population levels to reduce the risk of spreading the disease
from deer to deer by implementing appropriate antlerless deer hunting
regulations designed to increase hunter opportunity to harvest female deer;

· Establish reasonable, responsible and appropriate deer carcass transport
restrictions designed to lower the risk of moving the disease to other
locations;

· Establish reasonable, responsible and appropriate regulations relating to
the feeding and baiting of deer within the affected area to reduce the risk
of spreading the disease from deer to deer.

“Landowner cooperation throughout this entire surveillance effort in
Hampshire County continues to be fantastic,” Jezioro said. “As we strive to
meet this wildlife disease challenge and implement appropriate management
strategies, the support and involvement of landowners, hunters and other
interested members of the public will continue to be essential.”

CWD is a neurological disease found in deer and elk, and it belongs to a
family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The
disease is thought to be caused by abnormal, proteinaceous particles called
prions that slowly attack the brain of infected deer and elk, causing the
animals to progressively become emaciated, display abnormal behavior and
invariably results in the death of the infected animal. There is no known
treatment for CWD, and it is fatal for the infected deer or elk. It is
important to note that currently there is no evidence to suggest CWD poses a
risk for humans or domestic animals.

CWD was first recognized in 1967 in Colorado, and it subsequently has been
found in captive herds in ten states and two Canadian provinces and in
free-ranging deer or elk in eleven states and two provinces. The source of
infection for wild and captive deer and elk in new geographical areas is
unknown in many instances. While it is not known exactly how CWD is
transmitted, lateral spread from animal to animal through shedding of the
infectious agent from the digestive tract appears to be important, and
indirect transmission through environmental contamination with infective
material is likely.

“Our well-trained and professional staff of Wildlife Biologists, Wildlife
Managers and Conservation Officers is working diligently to fully implement
the DNR’s CWD – Incident Response Plan which is designed to effectively
address this wildlife disease threat,” Jezioro said. “We have some of the
best wildlife biologists and veterinarians in the world, including those
stationed at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens,
Georgia, working collaboratively on this situation.”

More information on CWD can be found at the DNR’s website: www.wvdnr.gov and
the CWD Alliance website: www.cwd-info.org.

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« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2007, 07:16:00 AM »
"It is important to note that currently there is no evidence to suggest CWD poses a
risk for humans or domestic animals."

It is more important to note that there is no evidence to suggest CWD does not pose a risk to humans and domestic animals. Common sense dictates that humans and domestic animals not eat sick animals. Transmissible spongiform disease crosses species boundaries. The evidence suggests that people are contracting CJD from animals infected with spongiform disease. Deer, elk, cows, sheep, and other infected animals pose a risk to human and pet health.

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« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2007, 06:25:00 AM »
A mule deer taken by a hunter east of Sheridan (Wyoming) near Ucross has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The brain disease is known to affect moose, deer and elk and has been found in southeastern Wyoming for a number of years. But the positive test is the first found in hunt area 23 in northeast Wyoming.

(Government officials are still trying to ignore the risk to human health, but they are beginning to try and cover themselves by taking some precautions....even though there is no risk.  :( )

"Game and Fish recommends that hunters in those areas transport only the cut and wrapped meat, boned meat, animal quarters or other pieces of the animal with no portion of the spinal column or head attached. That also can include hides without the head, cleaned skull plates (with no meat or nervous tissue attached), and antlers with no meat or other tissue attached.

The head, spine and other nervous tissue should be left at the site of the kill or disposed of in an approved landfill.

There is no evidence that CWD is a human health risk. But, to avoid any such risk, organizations recommend that parts or products from any animal that looks sick or tests positive for CWD not be eaten, Mischke said."  source

But, go ahead and eat any meat from an animal that does not look sick. Well, a dead deer, doesn't look sick. And, since there is no risk, then you may go ahead and eat the meat even though it tests positive for CWD. Or at least don't eat the bone portions, unless you believe us that there is no evidence to suggest a danger to humans.

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« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2007, 06:35:00 AM »
Have we considered domestic dogs and cats? It is happening with other species.
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« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2007, 09:44:34 AM »
Cats have it. Dogs most likely.  :(  That means they would be a vector for transmission to humans. Their food is a source of transmission.
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« Reply #37 on: November 14, 2007, 09:46:10 AM »
This world is growing old!

The spread of CWD continues.  Chronic wasting disease in Saskatchewan wild deer is on the increase, prompting the government to step up efforts to curb its spread.

Saskatchewan Environment is encouraging hunters to kill more deer this year and to turn in the animal heads for testing, said Marv Hlady, a wildlife specialist with the department.

    Chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Saskatchewan's wild deer population in 2000. Chronic wasting disease was first discovered in Saskatchewan's wild deer population in 2000.
    (Courtesy Julie Huckabay)

The fatal "brain wasting" disease affects deer, elk and moose. Since testing began in the province in 1997, 150 deer have tested positive, with 2006 posting the highest number at 47.  source
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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2008, 09:18:09 PM »
CWD continues its spread in the US.

CWD Update in Illinois:

Ongoing surveillance for the presence of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in Illinois last fall and this winter has detected 24 deer testing positive for CWD. The IDNR has received results on tests of more than 4,100 deer which were harvested by hunters or taken by IDNR personnel as part of the 2007-08 deer season sampling program. The testing has identified the first positive case of CWD from Stephenson County in northern Illinois. The other most recent cases of CWD were found in deer from Boone (7 deer), DeKalb (6) and Winnebago (10) counties. Results are still pending on more than 2,000 additional samples collected since last fall. The first case of CWD detected in Stephenson County came from a deer taken west of Freeport. IDNR staff members are collecting additional samples from deer in Stephenson County to determine if other sick deer are present. The IDNR began more intensive sampling of deer for chronic wasting disease after the first deer with CWD were found in Boone and Winnebago counties in 2002. Since then, Illinois has recorded a total of 213 deer positive for the disease in Winnebago (89 deer), Boone (82), DeKalb (22), McHenry (16), Ogle (2), LaSalle (1) and Stephenson (1) counties. CWD is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk. It is not known to be contagious to livestock or humans.
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« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2009, 10:13:42 AM »
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) of deer and elk is endemic in a tri-corner area of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, and new foci of CWD have been detected in other parts of the United States. Although detection in some areas may be related to increased surveillance, introduction of CWD due to translocation or natural migration of animals may account for some new foci of infection. Increasing spread of CWD has raised concerns about the potential for increasing human exposure to the CWD agent. The foodborne transmission of bovine spongiform encephalopathy to humans indicates that the species barrier may not completely protect humans from animal prion diseases. Conversion of human prion protein by CWD-associated prions has been demonstrated in an in vitro cell-free experiment, but limited investigations have not identified strong evidence for CWD transmission to humans. More epidemiologic and laboratory studies are needed to monitor the possibility of such transmissions. source
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