Modeling Routes of Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission: Environmental Prion Persistence Promotes Deer Population Decline and Extinction

@inproceedings{Almberg2011ModelingRO,
  title={Modeling Routes of Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission: Environmental Prion Persistence Promotes Deer Population Decline and Extinction},
  author={Emily Staggs Almberg and Paul C. Cross and Christopher J Johnson and Dennis M. Heisey and Bryan J. Richards},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal disease of deer, elk, and moose transmitted through direct, animal-to-animal contact, and indirectly, via environmental contamination. Considerable attention has been paid to modeling direct transmission, but despite the fact that CWD prions can remain infectious in the environment for years, relatively little information exists about the potential effects of indirect transmission on CWD dynamics. In the present study, we use simulation models to… CONTINUE READING

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