• Rebecca Katers

    Excellent article on a scary topic. It reminds me that I need to try harder to stick to a vegan diet.

    It’s disturbing to read another example of human leaders who are incapable of addressing a serious new problem until it’s too late. Every political party does it, but Republicans seem to do it more spectacularly.

    I fear this incapacity is going to kill us all sooner or later, … and possibly sooner, given the wide variety of risks accelerating along with our society’s technological, scientific acceleration.

    If CWD cases are already at 5% in Wisconsin, it’s truly frightening to me. Won’t this cross over to elk, moose and other wildlife? Can we be certain it won’t adapt and cross to horses, cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and similar livestock?

    It may be expensive to eradicate, or at least limit its spread, but the costs of doing nothing could be HUGE.

    Republicans are allowing Gov. Walker to spend billions of our tax dollars on ineffective “job creation” in Wisconsin, but aren’t willing to spare a few million for addressing this CWD crisis???

    Deer hunting is big business in Wisconsin, with an estimated $1  billion in annual economic impact. And Wisconsin farmers net roughly $3 billion annually, with much of that income resulting from livestock.

    CWD may threaten a significant portion of this $4 billion in income each year. So how can CWD be ignored?

    Back in 1999, when Mad Cow disease was more commonly discussed following the deaths of thousands of British people, I had an uneasy feeling that our U.S. and Wisconsin governments were (once again) downplaying an important public health risk in the U.S.

    At that time, all the official reports said Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease was extremely rare in the U.S. Government reports said only 2 or 3 cases in the entire U.S. had been traced back to exposures in the United Kingdom.

    But in the summer of 1999, a woman shopping at my rummage sale in Green Bay said she was going to Madison to visit a 30-something relative dying of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. And one of my mother-in-law’s best friends died that year in Green Bay of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease that she had acquired a few years earlier on a trip to England.

    If such cases were so rare in 1999, how could I be only 1 person removed from having contact with 2 victims? I don’t have many social contacts in my life, so one contact should have been extremely unlikely for me, and two, impossible.

    Was the government suppressing public awareness of a larger number of cases in the U.S.? Or is there a serious lack of coordinated reporting of cases by the medical community and/or poor data gathering by our governments?

    How often are Creutzfeldt-Jakob victims misdiagnosed as regular Alzheimers patients?

    I would love to learn more about the differentiation, tracking and recording of Alzheimers, BSE, Creutzfeldt-Jakobs, Mad Cow, and CWD cases in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

    Is there a reliable, honest official registry for these diseases in Wisconsin now? If not, why not? Are any private non-profit groups pushing for this?

  • shirley hugdahl

    maybe wisconsins ebola—–didnt that come from an animal to human crossover? how many other crossovers have we had? so people are really eating that meat? tsk!!!