One of the world's leading experts says that despite the continuing spread of chronic wasting disease, there is good news coming from expanding research.
Beth Williams of the University of Wyoming says more is being learned all the time about the fatal deer and elk disease. She says it is hoped that is bringing closer a cure or vaccine.
Speaking at an American Pre-Vet Associated National Symposium at Chadron State over the weekend, she said the relation of chronic wasting to mad cow disease has brought additional resources into the research.
In the past several years, chronic wasting has been confirmed in about a dozen states, including Nebraska. It also has been found in Canadian provinces and on game farms in South Korea.
Chronic wasting has never been found in humans or other animal species. Williams says long-term studies in Colorado and Wyoming indicate it is not a threat to cattle.
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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed to this report.