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Volume 10, Number 6—June 2004

Chronic Wasting Disease and Potential Transmission to Humans

Ermias D. Belay*Comments to Author , Ryan A. Maddox*, Elizabeth S. Williams†, Michael W. Miller‡, Pierluigi Gambetti§, and Lawrence B. Schonberger*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA; ‡Colorado Division of Wildlife, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; §Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Table 1

Deer tissues tested for the CWD agent by animal bioassay or immunohistochemical studiesa

Tissues positive for CWD agent
Pituitary gland
Spinal cord
Eyes (optic nerve, ganglion cells, retina)
Lymphoid tissues (e.g., gut-associated, retropharyngeal, posterior nasal septum)
Peripheral nerves (e.g., brachial plexus, sciatic nerve, vagosympathetic trunk)
Tissues negative for CWD agent
Dorsal root ganglia
Parotid and mandibular salivary glands, tongue, esophagus, small intestine, colon
Kidneys, urinary bladder, ovary, uterus, testis, epididymis, placentomes
Myocardium, Purkinje fibers, arteries, veins
Trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, aleveolar parenchyma
Bone marrow
Thyroid gland, adrenal gland
Skeletal muscle

aCWD, chronic wasting disease.

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