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  • Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a neurological disease that affects deer and elk, is widespread throughout North America and has been detected in at least 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces
  • A major concern is rising among captive deer, where infection rates can reach 79 percent, or nearly 4 in 5
  • When a deer farm tests positive for CWD and is depopulated, the business owner receives a subsidy or bailout from the government for each deer that’s euthanized
  • Studies suggest this highly contagious, fatal disease may pose a risk to monkeys and other animals that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or that come in contact with their brain or bodily fluids, and could potentially jump to humans

By Dr. Mercola

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose, leading to weight loss (wasting), stumbling and other abnormal behaviors, loss of bodily functions, and eventually death. CWD belongs to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) disease family, which also includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease in cattle and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human version of mad cow disease.


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