New Theory Supports Indirect Transmission of CWD...
I hope they come up with something more substantial before too long.
Don't hold your breath. Prions are not an easy nut to crack; it would not be terribly bold to say that testing/culling will be the mode of control for the foreseeable future rather than eradication by some sort of innoculation or decontamination.
At any rate it is good to see the researchers nail down this mode of disease transport. It raise more questions for me:
1.) If simply having an infected animal excrete in an area causes the area to be contaminated; what hope does culling have in controlling disease spread? In other words, if infected grounds are a primary transmission pathway, what hope does culling have in control?
2.) What level of infected crap/piss is necessary in a certain area before it is considered contaminated? How long on average does it take for the area to become decontaminated?
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....