While Nevada escaped infection this hunting season. State wildlife officials plan to keep it that way.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife calls on hunters to visit their mobile sampling stations and inspect their carcasses for chronic, life-threatening, deadly disease affecting the brain and spinal cord of deer, elk. and moose.
Chronic Disease Disease
It is believed to be spread by direct contact with body fluids or by drinking contaminated water, the CDC reports. The disease is always deadly.
There is a low risk of transmission to humans, but the CDC has warned hunters that the species barrier may not fully protect them from animal disease.
Chronic consumable illness can incubate for more than a year before animals show symptoms, so the CDC recommends that hunters try meat before consumption and avoid eating infected venison meat. . Wearing the right equipment while reindeer carcasses and minimizing the time spent processing the brain and spine from where the disease originates can also prevent infection.