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Study: CWD found in flesh, not just the brain

Updated: February 7, 2006, 4:04 PM ET
By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The leg muscles of deer infected with chronic wasting disease contain the infectious proteins that cause the fatal brain disease, new research shows.

Chronic wasting disease is in the same family of brain-destroying illnesses as mad cow disease.

There is no evidence that people have caught chronic wasting disease from infected deer or elk. But University of Kentucky researchers, writing in Friday's edition of the journal Science, concluded that hunters may be exposed ...

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