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Published on Nov 18, 2010
We should learn from mad cow in Britain. That was absolutely botched in the early 1990s by the public-health community. I believe we have a really dangerous situation here. And it's been botched from the beginning."
Prion diseases are so awful and the proteins so unpredictable that scientists take extraordinary precautions against infection when studying them in the lab. Patrick Bosque, a neurologist at the University of Colorado in Denver, studied prions in hamsters and mice, which do not appear to be transmissible to people. Yet he routinely wore disposable gloves, shoe covers and a gown, and avoided carrying his lab notebook or other potentially contaminated material out of the lab. Whenever he conducted a procedure that might spray or splash prions, he worked in a special hood to shield his face and upper arms. "Then you're going to tell me I'm going to eat deer?" Bosque asked. "I definitely would not eat deer I thought had been infected."
2007 "Wisconsin, with its huge deer population -- nearly half a million were killed last year by hunters -- is a potent breeding ground for infection. "
MADISON -- The Department of Natural Resources sampled and tested more than 7,100 deer during 2009 in the Chronic Wasting Disease-Management Zone (CWD-MZ), with 175 testing positive for CWD, the state agency announced today.
Deer Disease and CJD in Humans 1/18/99 Headline: Brain disease a slow goodbye http://www.purefood.org/Meat/utahcjd.cfm Mad Deer Disease Hits Wisconsin - Hunters Warned Health Officials Studying Links Between Disease And People