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At this time there is no direct scientific evidence to suggest that CWD may be transmitted to humans.

It is however recommended that any tissue that may have come from a known CWD-infected animal not be used or consumed by humans.

Measures have been taken at both the federal and provincial/territorial levels to reduce human exposure to products potentially contaminated by CWD by preventing known infected animals from entering the food chain.

Health Canada recommends that people avoid consuming meat from animals known to be infected with any TSEs. In areas where CWD is known to exist in wild cervids, hunters are encouraged to take precautions when handling carcasses and should consider having those animals tested before eating the meat, preparing trophies or tanning hides. Any further questions related to human health and food safety can be directed to Health Canada.
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