Deadly Disease Spreading Through Infectious Waste
New research at Colorado State University could yield better testing for chronic wasting disease, which affects wildlife and other animals in several states (and now Norway), say CSU scientists. The CSU study is developing and evaluating a more sensitive test for the disease, including the potential to test for infection in live animals, animal products and the environment. The CSU project is being funded by the Denver-based Morris Animal Foundation.
Chronic wasting disease strikes deer, moose and elk and is related to similar diseases in cattle and sheep. It is a primary concern for hunters and wildlife ranchers and has spread to 19 states, two Canadian provinces and one Asian country, says CSU.
The research is aimed at prions, rogue proteins that cause the family of diseases that include chronic wasting disease – or CWD. The diseases are known as spongiform encephalopathies. While the Morris Animal Foundation-funded study would be the first in several steps to develop and evaluate a potential new test, it will look at a method that shows promise in detecting a wider array of prions at lower levels than are currently detected. The research could allow the detection of CWD prions in live animals, animal products and the environment.
“Developing this test may eventually lead to a more rapid and sensitive test for CWD,” said Ed Hoover, a CSU veterinarian and researcher with 30 years of experience in research infectious diseases of animals. “But, just as significantly, it may lead to a substantial gain in our understanding of how prions spread, survive in natural habitats, and impact animal and public health.”
Currently, CWD can only be identified either by testing brain tissue after an animal is deceased or by surgical sampling and testing lymphatic tissues. While researchers don’t know exactly how CWD is passed from animal to animal, CSU scientists discovered that bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, urine and feces harbor infectious prions. They essentially contaminate the environment until they die and then threaten the life of any creature that consumes them after death.
Animals can then be exposed by direct contact with an infected animal or by contact with a contaminated environment. CWD is unstoppable.
Once unleashed on the environment, prions remain infectious. They migrate, mutate and multiply as they infect crops, water supplies and more.
Deer, elk, moose and reindeer are now contracting prion disease from humans. To help cloak the epidemic, it’s called chronic wasting disease (CWD). Deer with CWD are proverbial canaries in a coal mine. They are being killed by government sharpshooters to help cover up the problem.
Wastewater treatment plants, for example, are spreading infectious waste (prions) far and wide because they are incapable of stopping prions. All by-products and discharges from wastewater treatment plants are infectious waste, which are contributing to the global epidemic of neurodegenerative disease among humans, wildlife and livestock. Sewage treatment plants can’t detect or stop prions. Just ask the U.S. EPA and the industry trade organization—the Wastewater Effluent Federation. Sewage sludge (biosolids) and wastewater reclamation are causing widespread contamination.
Crops for humans and livestock grown grown in sewage sludge absorb prions and become infectious. We’re all vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other forms of prion disease right now due to widespread denial and mismanagement. It’s time to stop the land application of sewage sludge (LASS) in all nations.
Read more about CWD http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19113245#ixzz2JxJCBwQI
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