Prions in the environment: occurrence, fate and mitigation.

  title={Prions in the environment: occurrence, fate and mitigation.},
  author={Samuel E. Saunders and Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt and Jason C Bartz},
  volume={2 4},
Scrapie and CWD are horizontally transmissible, and the environment likely serves as a stable reservoir of infectious prions, facilitating a sustained incidence of CWD in free-ranging cervid populations and complicating efforts to eliminate disease in captive herds. Prions will enter the environment through mortalities and/or shedding from live hosts. Unfortunately, a sensitive detection method to identify prion contamination in environmental samples has not yet been developed. An… CONTINUE READING
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