CWD posing big threat to deer

CWD posing big threat to deer

Deer in Alabama are at risk because of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that isn’t spread from bacteria or virus but by a little minuscule varmint called a prion, the state’s Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) cautioned.

Prions can be described as infectious, single proteins that affected infected animals’ brain by causing sponge like degeneration of brain cells. This microscopic varmint is can ruthlessly withstand long periods of time and a number of decontamination methods.

It was first identified in mule deer at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. Since then, it has been found in deer and elk populations at various sites across the nation. More than two dozen U.S. states and at least two Canadian provinces have reported the presence of CWD.

A team of biologists at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute has also diagnosed the potentially fatal disease in a reindeer from the Nordfjella population in Southern Norway.

Among other things, CWD can spread through use of deer urine and other gland based scents that hunters often use to get the animal into shooting range. However, the risk has prompted several states to prohibit the use of deer urine in certain areas.

Virginia is the most recent state to ban the use of deer urine by hunters. The also list includes Arizona, Alaska, Vermont as well as Canadian provinces like Ontario and Nova Scotia.

User login

You May Have Missed...

A quick look at the disease of prostate cancer
Sat, 11/19/2016 - 09:16

Prostate cancer, a disease that mostly affects elderly males, is luckily one of the slowest growing cancers to date. Nevertheless, as many as 209,...

Nigeria Update

Fresh Polio Cases lead to WHO Travel Restrictions on Pakistan and Syria
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:45

World Health Organization has slapped international travel restrictions on Pakistan, Cameroon...

Economy Watch

US Import Prices decline in April
Thu, 05/14/2015 - 01:13

For a straight 10th month, US import prices declined in April. The decline could be due to the...

Health Tonight

Healthy living can overcome genes linked to heart disease: researchers say
Mon, 11/14/2016 - 09:44

Healthy living can effectively minimize a person's inherited risks for heart attack or other...

Science Tonight

Scientists reconstruct asteroid impact that killed dinosaurs
Fri, 11/18/2016 - 05:47

A reconstruction of the deadly asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago...

UK News

New Yooka-Laylee trailer focuses on game’s characters
Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:48

At the EGX event in Birmingham on Sunday, a new Yooka-Laylee video trailer was unveiled by Team...


Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:04

Aetna inc., health care company, on Friday announced that it has signed a deal with Gilead...

US News

Google announces new enhancements to its cloud machine-learning products
Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:38

On Tuesday, Google announced that its suite of cloud machine-learning capabilities is being...

Technology Tonight

Internet Association sends open letter to Donald Trump, lays out list of policy
Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:12

A 12-page open letter has been sent by the Internet Association – a trade group representing 40...