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Last Updated: 10 May 2022

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease that influences deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. It might take over a year before a contaminated animal develops symptoms, which can consist of drastic weight-loss, stumbling, apathy and other neurologic symptoms. CWD can impact animals of any ages and some contaminated animals might die without ever before developing the disease. CWD is fatal to animals and there are no vaccines or treatments. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, some animal researches recommend CWD presents a risk to specific types of non-human primates, like apes, that eat meat from CWD-infected pets or come in contact with brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk. These research studies raise concerns that there may also be a risk to people. Since 1997, the World Health Organization has recommended that it is vital to keep the agents of all known prion diseases from getting in the human food cycle. Transmission researches involving indirect or straight get in touch with in between CWD contaminated deer and elk, and other ruminant species including wild ruminants and residential cattle, sheep, and goats have revealed no proof of transmission of CWD to these other ruminant species. In the mid-1980s, CWD was first spotted in free-ranging deer and elk in adjoining portions of northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. In May 2001, CWD was found in free-ranging deer in the southwestern corner of Nebraska. Since 2001, CWD has been identified in free-ranging cervid populations in 21 States: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Texas and Wyoming. Maintaining deer thickness degrees in front country areas at similar levels to those observed in the wilderness is the primary way to reduce disease transmission and spread. Research recommends that CWD could substantially harm infected deer populations by decreasing adult survival rates and destabilizing long-term populations. Response Plan elimination actions will concentrate on minimizing high deer densities in key front country areas to approximately match backcountry thickness. Front nation areas have higher deer densities and are therefore at greater risk of CWD boosting and spread than the rest of the park.

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