Frightening facts about chronic wasting disease

Mule deer bucks seem especially susceptible to chronic wasting disease, which also is found in whitetails, elk and moose.

There are a couple of the scary facts about chronic wasting disease worthy of a horror novel written by Stephen King.

One is that the infectious agent that causes CWD can change over time, modifying itself to infect an animal. So for example, a strain that is found in minks can be transmitted to its relative the ferret. Infection takes longer as the misfolded protein from the mink that causes the disease adapts to the ferret. The more the proteins vary genetically, the greater the chance they can convert to other species.

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