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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: CASE STUDY FOR CWD TRANSMISSION TO HUMANS NOW UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK
Date: April 4, 2005 at 6:49 pm PST

In Reply to: CASE STUDY FOR CWD TRANSMISSION TO HUMANS NOW UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK posted by TSS on April 4, 2005 at 1:43 pm:

Chronic Wasting Disease in Elk and Deer in the United States
The importance of having strong prion disease surveillance in the United States has been further
underlined by recent reports that chronic wasting disease (CWD), an endemic prion disease affecting elk
and deer which is found in an increasing number of states in the Midwest and Southwest, may be
transmitted to humans generating a new prion disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the
CDC agree that there currently is insufficient evidence to establish a link between human disease and
handling or consuming CWD-infected deer. Although no human cases of CWD have been identified,
laboratory research suggests that it is theoretically possible; however it is believed that the risk to humans
is low.


THE CITY OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
Michael R. Bloomberg Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Mayor Commissioner
_______________________________________________________________
nyc.gov/health
2004 Health Update #5: Surveillance for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies,
including the Classic and Variant Forms of Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease, in New York City
Please distribute to colleagues in Neurology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Infectious
Diseases, Infection Control, and Family Practice
March 16, 2004

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/pdf/cd/04md05.pdf

TSS




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