Saturday, September 03, 2016

the Epidemic no one talks about

A lot of hysteria a couple years back about mad cow disease on the talk show circuits.

But that sort of disappeared when they started to butcher cows more meticulously.

Ah but are you aware of mad deer, mad moose, and mad elk disease?

PhysOrg: white tail Deer population decline from CWD...

"Chronic wasting disease has likely been present in southeast Wyoming deer and elk populations for approximately 50 years," Edmunds says. "It has been steadily increasing to the point that some hunt areas are seeing populations with as many as 30 percent to almost 50 percent of harvested deer testing positive for this disease."

ah but can it spread to humans? CDC report say no, or maybe in rare cases.... but since most cases take years to develop, the number of cases might be underestimated.

So they advise you to be careful while butchering the meat and wear gloves.

 Hunters should avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or test positive for CWD. They should wear gloves when field-dressing carcasses, bone-out the meat from the animal, and minimize handling of brain and spinal cord tissues. As a precaution, hunters should avoid eating deer and elk tissues known to harbor the CWD agent (e.g., brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils, lymph nodes) from areas where CWD has been identified.

CDC map identifying areas with infected deer etc.

1 comment:

fillyjonk said...

I mention CWD in my classes. (both intro bio and ecology). I mention it partly as an example of a disease with a non-bacterial, non-viral transmission but also because a lot of my students are hunters (some traveling to Colorado for elk) and I figure if they don't know about it, they need to....

Also squirrels can get a form of it; some years ago they were warning people who hunted squirrels not to eat the heads. Which is apparently a thing. (I am not a hunter so I am not a connoisseur of game)