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CDC warns of infected deer meat in 24 states

17 Feb 2019 8:32 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

WARNING! - This is a biohazard cleaning situation. Any member, employee, or cleaning service that is cleaning any facility that processes or handles any deer, elk, or moose meat or anything that is related to wild game processing OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Standards should be followed. 

CNN - Chronic wasting disease has been detected in wild deer, elk or moose in 24 States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning hunters to avoid handling or eating potentially infected meat.

The disease affects the central nervous system and animals can show signs of drastic weight loss, lack of coordination and listlessness. It can make them more aggressive and less afraid of human contact, the center says.

It's in the same family of disease as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, which the CDC describes as "a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurodegenerative disorder."

In Tennessee, cases of CWD as of Jan. 2019 include: 

  1. Fayette County
  2. Hardeman County

In Virginia, the cases include: 

  1. Frederick
  2. Shenandoah

The center says scientists believe the contagious disease is passed between animals through bodily fluids.

More at source: WJHL

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