Hunters been giving possibly diseased venison to the pantries.





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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."

While health officials have not recommended a ban on deer hunting, they are closely monitoring deer hunters and their kills. Hunters might be at risk when they contact blood or tissue while gutting animals, or from eating the meat, Brown said.


Bosque believes no one knows enough about CWD -- more commonly known as mad deer -- to say that eating venison is safe. "If it was very transmissible, we'd know it," he says. "But if it was somewhat transmissible, like BSE [bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow] in England, it would be hard to know."


Playing the Blame Game with Mad Deer and Game Farms

The shocking news that the US epidemic of 'mad deer' disease has jumped
from the West to the Midwest and into the huge white tailed deer population
in Wisconsin has all players scrambling and pointing fingers. States that
depend on money from big game licenses are assuring the public that chronic
wasting disease (CWD) cannot infect and kill humans, although there is no
proof for that claim and some evidence to the contrary. The deer and game
farm industry blames state wildlife agencies, claiming the disease came from
wild animals, but in fact the evidence points to the game farm industry as
the culprit, spreading the disease by the virtually unregulated trafficking
in farmed deer and elk. And, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is calling on
all states to test game farms for the disease, much too late into a
disastrous epidemic. Source: Denver Post, March 4, 2002




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