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Fatal brain disease in deer, elk, moose spreading; Danger for humans?

from Food Safety News

Just as hunters have been stalking deer and elk, so, too, has a deadly brain disease been stalking their four-legged quarry. Known as a chronic wasting disease (CWD), it infects deer, elk and moose. It was first confirmed in Colorado in the 1970s. Back then, wildlife officials thought it would take more than 100 years to find its way east. They were confident that the Mississippi River would serve as a natural border. But since being confirmed in Wisconsin in 2002, it has made its way to 25 states, most recently into Mississippi and Tennessee, and two Canadian provinces. "It continues to spread," said Kip Adams, the conservation director for the Quality Deer Management Association. more

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