Wasting Disease Crossover?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Medical experts are investigating the deaths of three outdoorsmen who died of brain-destroying illnesses.

The Wisconsin Division of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention are looking at autopsy results and other records regarding the men.

The three knew each other and ate elk and deer meat at wild game feasts hosted by one of them in Wisconsin during the 1980's and 90's. All three died in the 1990's.

Investigators want to know whether the deaths were just a coincidence or whether the men contracted their diseases from the meat of infected game.

There has never been a documented case of a person contracting a brain-destroying illness from eating wild animals with chronic wasting disease.

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