Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a deadly neurological disease that primarily affects deer, elk, and other cervids. It’s a concern for hunters and conservationists alike, as it can have devastating effects on wild populations and affect the health of humans who consume infected meat.

CWD is caused by a misfolded protein known as a prion that attacks the animal’s nervous system, leading to severe weight loss, abnormal behavior, and eventually death. It’s highly contagious and can be spread through direct contact with infected animals, as well as through contaminated soil, water, and plants.

The One Health approach recognizes that the health of animals, humans, and the environment are closely interconnected. As such, addressing CWD requires a multi-disciplinary effort that involves wildlife biologists, veterinarians, public health officials, and other stakeholders.

Preventing the spread of CWD requires monitoring and testing of wild populations, as well as strict regulations on the transportation and disposal of potentially infected carcasses. It’s also important to raise awareness among hunters and the general public about the risks associated with consuming infected meat.

Research into potential treatments and vaccines for CWD is ongoing, but for now, prevention remains the best course of action. By working together and taking a One Health approach, we can help protect the health of both wildlife and humans and prevent the spread of this devastating disease.