Mad Elk Found In Oklahoma -
Mad Cow/TSE On The Move
From Patricia Doyle, PhD <>

Hello Jeff - Chronic Wasting on the move, now into Oklahoma.
I have heard that some "poor" and homeless people are being feed "hunter harvested" deer. Some private "Faith-based" organizations have chruch members who hunt and donate deer meat. I would suggest that a good possibility is that we will see nvCJD emerge in that homeless community.
Neither the Government nor Faith-based charities really worry too much about the quality of food they provide.
If nvCJD does emerge in the homeless community, it is quite possible we won't learn of it for a long time. Irratic personal behavior is not duly-noted, and is often accepted in the homeless levels of society.
Elk Herd With Disease Similar
To Mad Cow Found In Oklahoma
The Shawnee News-Star (edited)
A fatal brain ailment similar to mad cow disease (BSE, bovine spongiform encephalopathy) has been found in a captive Oklahoma County elk herd, forcing officials to put 140 of the animals under quarantine. State Department of Agriculture veterinarian Gene Eskew said "chronic wasting disease" (CWD) has been found in 5 elk that died, and a few others in the herd are suspected to have the disease. The agriculture department is watching for additional deaths so the tissues can be sent for testing to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. The tests must be performed on carcasses because there are no live tests for the disease.
The herd, which came from Montana, may have to be killed. "The options are not very good," Eskew said. "There is no money from the state available to purchase them and put the herd down." The elk will not be used for human consumption and the state is convinced [that] no infected elk have been killed for human consumption. In 1997 and 1999, 3 hunters were reported as suspected victims of CWD (one in Miami, Oklahyoma), [but] those cases have never been confirmed. Colorado passed a law 3 years ago designed to curb the disease. Whenever a deer or elk dies in that state, the hunter or owner must take in the animal's head for testing. In previous hunting seasons, up to 15 per cent of deer killed in an area north of Fort Collins, Colorado tested positive for the disease.
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