It’s an illness that some say is causing a serious threat to the Louisiana deer population. The concern has already led to a feeding ban enacted from January through June of this year, in northeast Louisiana. The ban was in order to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, spreading into the state.

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy, or TSE, is most known for one of it's other names, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease. It's referred to as BSE when it presents in cattle and sheep, and called Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk.

The disease is also transmittable to humans, where it is known as Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

TSE is still a relativity new disease, meaning there's not successful cure or treatment. The disease still carries the term "hypothesis" around what the disease actually does. The prevailing theory is that TSE causes prion proteins in the brain to slow until the stop, then they become toxic, and begin eating away at the brain tissue. Causing the brain to lose tissue in small hole, causing scans of the brain to appear to be sponge-like.

 

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