I passed on hunting this year due to the Boston Globe article Misha posted
to us. Excerpts are below. As soon as I can implement it, I will be
selecting your first option, fed with homegrown grass and grains. Every
week there are ads in the local papers for "downer" cows to go to the
rendering plant. How do we know those "poorly doing" cattle are not doing
poorly due to early TSE??? Now people who spent 6 month or more in Britian
are not being allowed to donate blood. Till this all shakes out, I'll be
happy to eat my homegrown tofu. Mike Miller
> The possibility that chronic wasting disease the TSE that affects
>deer and elk has made the leap to humans is what had federal
>researchers concerned enough to survey Maine.
> The 28 yearold woman who ate Maine deer died of CreutzfeldtJakob
>disease the human TSE. There are only five reported CreutzfeldtJakob
>cases per billion worldwide in people 30 years old or under,
>according to Lawrence Schonberger of the federal Centers for Disease
> Yet, since 1996, CreutzfeldtJakob disease has been detected in
>three Americans in that age group; two are dead and one is dying.
>All three, it turns out, had hunted extensively or eaten venison.
> ''It may be a coincidence,'' said Dr. Pierluigi Gambetti, professor
>of pathology and director of the National Prion Disease Pathology
>Surveillance Center at Case Western University in Cleveland, where
>the Centers for Disease Control sends its human brain samples. ''It
>would be imprudent to say there is a danger of an epidemic. But,
>yes, it's something that has to be studied.''
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