CWD- transmission to humans

Deer disease may some day infect people, expert warns, Great Lakes Echo, April 1, 2019“To date, no evidence indicates that humans are susceptible to chronic wasting disease and there appears to be a good species barrier,” Dunfee said. This means the disease isn’t likely to spread to new species. But the same was said about mad cow disease, Osterholm said. “It’s possible the number of human cases will be substantial, and will not be isolated events,” Osterholm said.

In 2005, about 200 people ate ‘zombie’ deer meat. Here’s what happened, USA Today, Feb 21, 2019On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to 200 to 250 people. Laboratory tests for one of the deer served came back positive for CWD later.
Because little was known about what happens to people who eat infected meat, the Oneida County Health Department monitored the group’s health through a surveillance project. About 80 people who ate the venison agreed to participate.
In a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Public Health, researchers found the group had “no significant changes in health conditions.” They did report eating less venison after the whole ordeal. Otherwise, observed conditions, including vision loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight changes, hypertension and arthritis, were credited to old age.

Experts Warn Fatal ‘Zombie’ Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans, HuffPost, Feb 12, 2019Chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is described as a progressive, fatal disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues of animals, has been documented in at least 24 states as of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The disease, which can take years for symptoms to appear after infection, is believed to spread through bodily fluids like feces, saliva, blood, or urine, by both direct and indirect contact in the environment. There are no treatments or vaccines.

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