I read an article from Missouri Conservation Dept about Chronic Wasting Disease in MO deer. My question is, If a deer with CWD is harvested and eaten by humans can we be effected by this? Can harmful chemicals in the environment (air pollution) move through the food chain to humans?
If you eat flesh only and avoid central nervous system or lymph node tissue, there should be no problem. Even in areas like Wisconsin where CWD is endemic, there have been only a handful of prion diseases in deer camp hunters. Since it’s unclear what exactly puts one at risk for Creutzfeld-Jacob and other diseases that are similar to CWD in deer, and since a direct connection between degenerative disease in humans and CWD, we eat deer meat from healthy animals processed carefully without worry. If evolving info changes this opinion, I’ll let you know.
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