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Topic: CWD (Deer)
Posted By: Technophobe
Subject: CWD (Deer)
Date Posted: October 27 2017 at 9:39am

Minnesota deer hunting opener: More deer to shoot, but disease tests required 

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Posted By: Technophobe
Date Posted: November 10 2018 at 6:51am
Wasting Disease Detected In 4 Deer On Crow Wing County Farm

    Associated Press

Posted: Nov 09, 2018 01:05 PM CST

Updated: Nov 09, 2018 01:05 PM CST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Chronic wasting disease has been detected in four deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has been monitoring the farm since December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease.
The Department of Natural Resources is currently in the second year of sampling wild deer for CWD in Crow Wing County as a result of the farm's earlier infection. The disease has not been found in wild deer since the DNR began its surveillance in Crow Wing County in 2017.
Assistant Director Dr. Linda Glaser says the biggest change following this new detection will be to extend their deadline to monitor the herd.

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Posted By: CRS, DrPH
Date Posted: November 10 2018 at 9:57pm

Thank you, Techno! I haven't heard much about CWD so far, and I think caution is clearly indicated considering how bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow) progressed!   Personally, I wouldn't eat US venison.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: November 11 2018 at 8:29pm
Colorado this year 2018: "Along with deer hunting licenses this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be sending out notices about mandatory testing for chronic wasting disease during the 2018 season."

This is scary and why I would not eat deer or elk anywhere now: "The first results of a new, live-animal test for chronic wasting disease found that 13 of 117 captured elk in Rocky Mountain National Park were positive."

Posted By: Penham
Date Posted: November 12 2018 at 12:02am
Maybe I should be happy mine hasn't got a deer yet, he's only been out 2-3 times so far this season though. I really wanted a deer hide, I have someone that is going to teach me how to tan the hides.

Posted By: Technophobe
Date Posted: November 30 2018 at 3:44am
It's not all bad news.

Soil compound fights chronic wasting disease

    November 29, 2018
    A major compound in soil organic matter degrades chronic wasting disease prions and decreases infectivity in mice, according to a new study.


A major compound in soil organic matter degrades chronic wasting disease prions and decreases infectivity in mice, according to a study published November 29 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Judd Aiken of the University of Alberta, and colleagues.

Chronic wasting disease is an environmentally transmissible, fatal prion disease affecting free-ranging deer, moose, elk and reindeer. It is endemic in North America, present in South Korea and has recently been confirmed in northern Europe. Environmental prion contamination plays a major role in the increasing incidence of chronic wasting disease, with infectivity being released into the environment by decaying carcasses, or through shedding of biological fluids including urine, feces, and saliva. The transmission of chronic wasting disease involves soils as an environmental reservoir of infectivity. Different soil compounds can differentially bind prions and change their infective properties.

Aiken and colleagues tested the role of a major soil organic matter compound, humic acid, for its ability to bind chronic wasting disease prions and impact infectivity. The researchers examined a wide range of humic acid concentrations, representing the extensive spectrum of humic acid levels present in native soils. The findings suggest that soil organic material degrades chronic wasting disease prions. Incubation of chronic wasting disease prions with high concentrations of humic acids decreased both the chronic wasting disease prion signal and infectivity in mice, whereas lower levels of humic acids did not significantly impact protein stability or infectivity. According to the authors, the study provides new insights into soil-prion interactions, the persistence of prions in soil, and their bioavailability to grazing animals.

Aiken adds, "CWD is a significant emerging and fatal disease of deer, elk and moose. Given it is shed from infected animals into the environment where it can serve as a source of infection, it is essential that we understand the impact of soil and soil components on this unusual infectious agent."

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    Alsu Kuznetsova, Catherine Cullingham, Debbie McKenzie, Judd M. Aiken. Soil humic acids degrade CWD prions and reduce infectivity. PLOS Pathogens, 2018; 14 (11): e1007414 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1007414

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