Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids (members of the deer family), including white-tailed deer, mu
Although debate still occurs, the vast majority of research indicates that the causative agent of chronic wasting disease is a misfolded protein called a prion.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has an extended incubation period averaging 18–24 months between infection and the onset of clinical signs.
Testing for chronic wasting disease requires the microscopic examination of a specific portion of the brain or lymph nodes.