Saturday, 23 June 2018

Norway is killing off 2200 reindeer

Tanzim Taqrim

Norway is killing of thousands of reindeer to obviate the spread of a deadly disease. Officials found Chronic Washing Disease (CWD) in the brains of 3 reindeer and 2 moose in 2016. Experts say the infectious disease is unlikely to spread among Moose because they are solitary animals. But reindeer live in groups and the infested animals belonged to a flock with 2000 members. All are set to be killed. CWD is similar to mad cow disease; it spreads through proteins called “Prions” that cause a spongy degeneration of the brain. CWD has also killed deer, moose and elk in North America since it was discovered in 1967, expunging up to 40% of some flocks. The disease has historically spread through shipments of infected animals, and has been found in 24 U.S. states and 2 Canadian region. There is no evidence to suggest CWD can spread to humans but health officials recommend against eating contaminated meat. It is difficult to stop CWD from spreading once it becomes established in an environment but officials are hopeful they’ve caught in early enough in Norway.

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