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?
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...