I grew up hunting in Big Sky Country, Montana. And even then there were rumors about this mysterious deer illness that was killing off certain areas of deer more harshly.
Now it has a name “Chronic Wasting Disease”
“Thankfully no one has ever contracted the disease from eating CWD-positive venison, but I‘d love to have a crystal ball to see if that’s still the case or not in 25 years,” one hunting advocate said.
And while it has happened yet it could spread to humans.
Experts are also worried that the disease could transfer to humans through consumption of deer meat. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told state lawmakers this past week that he’s concerned that might happen soon.
“It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” he told the Minnesota legislature last week. “It’s possible the number of human cases will be substantial, and will not be isolated events.”
More studies are needed but it might be time to start testing deer before consuming of it.
Source: NBC News