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Can This Deer Disease Be Transmitted to Humans?

chronic wasting disease

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  • The Canadian Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) issued an advisory in April 2017 warning of “potential human health risks from chronic wasting disease”
  • Three of five macaque monkeys fed CWD-infected white tail deer meat developed CWD over a three-year period
  • Two monkeys that had infected matter exposed to their brains also developed CWD

By Dr. Mercola

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease that is part of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) disease family — the most notable member of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. Unlike BSE, which infects cattle, CWD affects deer, elk and moose.


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