This hunting season, which began over the weekend in some areas, will also be keeping its eyes wide open for the CWD as the chronic waste disease is continuing to affect deer.
The Department of Natural Resources has issued a statement in which it strongly advises current and future hunters to test their deer.
The reason for the testing and watchfulness alert is the CWD or the chronic waste disease which was seen to be affecting deer.
Wisconsin was amongst the first and only provinces and states to be affected by the CWD epidemic. Its first current cases were registered at the beginning of the year, as of February.
Nate Kroeplin, a Conservation Warden Supervisor, stated that the epidemic most likely started and is still the most active in the Iowa and Western Dane counties.
Still, since the first registered cases, the disease has spread to other parts of the county and state as well.
The Chronic Waste Disease is fatal to the deer that contract the chronic disease. Preliminary studies have shown that 100 percent of the infected specimens have died within 18 months after contracting the affection.
The fatal disease is known to target and affect the central nervous system of the animals. Until now, it was found impossible to eradicate once it has been introduced the environment.
CWD was observed to be determined by a prion, which is a twisted protein that was found in all affected deer.
According to CWD Processing Center Testing Manager, Carissa Freeh, during the early periods of the disease, deer do not necessarily exhibit symptoms.
However, as the disease progresses, the infected specimens will begin showing a series of symptoms. These include, amongst others, drooping heads, drooling, and a gaunt appearance as well as pneumonia.
Drooling is seen as both a symptom and a transmission method as research determined that the disease is transmitted through the saliva.
As these signs appear later in the progression of CWD, hunters are advised to test any animal before taking it home as it may be infected but not show signs.
The CWD diseases structure has, up until now, been compared to a number of other neurological diseases in animals the likes of the Mad Cow.
Although a CWD to human transmission has yet to be registered, people are strongly discouraged and advised against eating the meat of an untested or outright infected specimen.
As the aforementioned Freeh pointed out, chronic waste diseases tests are still being carried out and the disease is a new study matter for scientists.
Hunters are yet again strongly advised to test the animals before taking them home as the preliminary tests are quite quick and feature samples from the deer’s head.
Technicians usually look specifically in the animals’ lymph nodes as they can determine exactly if the specimen is, or not, a carrier of the CWD.
As some tests could stretch up to two weeks, people are also strongly urged to wait for their results before eating the deer meat.
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