CWD Update: How Whitetail Deer Transmit Chronic Wasting Disease

CWD Update: How Whitetail Deer Transmit Chronic Wasting Disease

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White-tailed bucks grooming each other, exhibiting one of the numerous ways they socialize and possibly spread chronic wasting disease. (Photo: Darren Warner)

One of the many interesting topics covered at Michigan’s Chronic Wasting Disease Symposium was the multiple transmission mechanisms that exist for contracting CWD.

Mike Samuel, PhD., of the University of Wisconsin covered many of the known CWD pathways. Prions, the infectious particles that many scientists believe cause CWD, have been found in the bodily fluids of infected cervids (deer, elk and moose), including blood, feces, saliva and urine. Direct contact between a healthy deer and the bodily fluids of a sick…



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