Wasting disease spreads in Wisconsin

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2012 - 12:53 AM

Finding in doe a troubling development, DNR says. Testing will be expanded.

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missmarplesApr. 2, 12 5:26 PM

Is it similar to "Mad Cow" disease? Does it affect humans that eat the meat?

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patasticApr. 2, 12 5:35 PM

Why did they wait nearly 3 months to submit the samples?

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ahztecApr. 2, 12 6:02 PM

wonder if wolves get blamed for this too.

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lakneeApr. 2, 12 7:08 PM

ARRey sez: Oh, the humanity!

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swschradApr. 2, 12 8:55 PM

there's a lot of CWD in Madison, too, judging from the laws that got passed the last year or so.

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starsailingApr. 2, 1210:33 PM

This disease goes as far back as 1737 in Northern Wisc. It was one of the reasons why Dakota indians quit using it as a hunting ground.

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BVMannApr. 3, 12 8:30 AM

missmarples: yes this is the same thing as mad cow disease. BCE, a big long name, for brain disease due to mishapen prion protein molecules. No one knows if it is transmissible to humans - all they know is there are no documented cases (yet). That is of little comfort as it is 100% fatal with no cure. It is not a virus or a bacteria. It is a mishapen protein - there is no antidote. Not good.

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cheneyheartApr. 3, 1210:48 AM

Can the wolves eat these deer?

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cmarkus1Apr. 3, 1212:51 PM

CWD has been around for a very long time. To this day there has not been a single case of it being transmitted to human. There have also been no cases of people unsafe to eat, many people have eatin deer that have had CWD and no know side affects. It has only been in the last ten years or so that all of a sudden the DNR in both states requires testing and new rules regarding CWD. Can you imagine how much money has been spent to check 30,0000 deer for something that has been around forever? Just more of the DNR waisting money on something they cant control but some how think they can.

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liddyaraApr. 3, 12 1:35 PM

Perhaps if hunters hadn't killed off all the predators CWD wouldn't be a problem.

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