Study: CJD Risks Rare or Nonexistent in CWD Endemic Areas

Study: CJD Risks Rare or Nonexistent in CWD Endemic Areas

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Deer transmit chronic wasting disease through nose-to-nose contact and through ingestion of urine, fecal matter and saliva at concentrated feeding areas. (D&DH photo)

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the risks involved with chronic wasting disease in deer. Can CWD be transmitted to humans? A recently completed 50-year scientific study indicates that it’s very unlikely. The study also shows no evidence that human deaths due to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are linked to endemic areas of chronic wasting disease in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska — hotbeds for CWD infections in free-ranging deer herds.

BY JOHN J. OZOGA, D&DH RESEARCH EDITOR

To date, CWD has been found…



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