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Wildlife disease threatens deer, elk – and maybe humans, new research says

The continuing spread of a fatal wildlife disease in Alberta and Saskatchewan has a federal agency recommending a deer cull across a wide swath of the Prairies.

And soon-to-be-published research on chronic wasting disease has raised new fears about whether the illness could infect humans.

“I would say this question was answered with ‘yes,’ ” said Hermann Schaetzl, a veterinary scientist at the University of Calgary.

 

Read more about chronic wasting disease from Bob Weber with The Canadian Press here.