Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose that is spreading through Minnesota. CWD is caused by infectious, misfolded proteins, i.e., prions, that cause a chain reaction that leads to neurodegeneration and death. Prions are especially concerning because of their potential to infect other species, universal lethality, and ability to remain infectious in the environment for years. We will discuss the spread of CWD in Minnesota and implications for deer, elk, and moose conservation, food production, and human health.
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