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Re: E-M:/ Michigan’s First Case of ChronicWasting Disease Detected at Kent County



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Enviro-Mich message from "Chuck Cubbage" <charles.cubbage@comcast.net>
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Larry & all,
In the late 1990s I was part of the Michigan "team" of academics and state agency folks that looked at "Mad" cow disease and prions. In fact, even sterilization does not inactivate the prions.


As a reminder to the non-human transfer statement, the State team, consideration regarding cervid - human transfer of TB was that it would not happen and although it took approx 8 - 10 years only last year it finally did occur !
Regards,
Chuck


----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry D. Noodén" <ldnum@umich.edu>
To: <HAMILTREEF@aol.com>
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Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Michigan’s First Case of ChronicWasting Disease Detected at Kent County



------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from "Larry D. =tf-8?b?Tm9vZMOpbg==<ldnum@umich.edu> -------------------------------------------------------------------------

These restrictive moves by the "guvmint" may seem draconian to
libertarians and farm interests, but if CWD gets loose, it will
devastate not only the farming interests but hunting.  I have been
very concerned that the MDA and farming interests have pressed hard to
loosen up import of deer, elk or moose.

Just to reinforce this tightening-  CWD is caused by the same
mechanism (a prion) that causes mad cow disease; however, I think it
still unknown if the CWD prion can jump to people (or to cattle) as
mad cow prions did. Cooking does not seem to inactivate them. The
statement "To date, there is no evidence that CWD presents a risk to
humans." does not explain these risks adequately, and that leads to
policy violations.


Quoting HAMILTREEF@aol.com:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 25, 2008

Contacts: Bridget Patrick  (MDA) 517-241-2669 or Mary Dettloff (DNR)
517-335-3014

Michigan’s  First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent County
Deer Breeding  Facility

LANSING - The Michigan departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Natural
Resources (DNR) today confirmed the state’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD) in a three-year old white-tailed deer from a privately owned cervid (POC)
facility in Kent County.


The state has quarantined all POC facilities, prohibiting the movement of
all - dead or alive - privately-owned deer, elk or moose. Officials do not yet
know how the deer may have contracted the disease. To date, there is no evidence that CWD presents a risk to humans.





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