What is a wasting disease?

What is a wasting disease?

What is chronic wasting disease? CWD is a disease found in some deer, elk and moose populations. CWD damages portions of the brain and typically causes progressive loss of body condition, behavioral changes, excessive salivation and death.

What exactly is chronic wasting disease?

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an always fatal, contagious, neurological disease affecting deer species (including reindeer), elk, and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.

How is wasting disease caused?

Chronic wasting disease is caused by a misfolded protein called a prion. All mammals produce normal prions that are used by cells, then degraded and eliminated, or recycled, within the body. When disease-associated prions contact normal prions, they cause them to refold into their own abnormal shape.

Can humans get wasting disease?

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, some animal studies suggest CWD poses a risk to certain types of non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come in contact with brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk.

What is wasting disease in fish?

The most common internal bacterial infection experienced by marine fish is fish tuberculosis (quite different from the human version), also referred to as wasting disease. It more often affects older fish and fish that are kept in overcrowded tanks with poor water quality.

What is human wasting?

In medicine, wasting, also known as wasting syndrome, refers to the process by which a debilitating disease causes muscle and fat tissue to “waste” away.

Where did chronic wasting disease start?

CWD was first identified in captive deer in a Colorado research facility in the late 1960s, and in wild deer in 1981. By the 1990s, it had been reported in surrounding areas in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.

What is the zombie disease called?

Chronic wasting disease
Other names Zombie deer disease
Deer with signs of chronic wasting disease
Specialty Infectious disease, Neurology, Veterinary medicine

What is a wasting disease in the Bible?

The ancient Hebrew word used in these 2 passages is schachepheth, which meant a wasting disease; it remains in use in modern Hebrew as schachefet, the word for tuberculosis.

How do you treat wasting disease in fish?

Poor water quality is often a contributing factor for this disease. It is usually treated with metronidazole, also sold as Flagyl. The most effective treatment method is medicated food, but if the fish has stopped eating, metronidazole can be added directly to the aquarium.

Which disease is closely related to chronic wasting disease?

CWD is related to other mammalian transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, and scrapie in sheep.

When does a fish die from wasting disease?

A fish starts getting thinner and thinner, yet still eats, until he’s nothing but a skeleton, then he dies weeks or maybe months later. I’ve had this happen with fish in the past.

What causes a fish to have a sunken belly?

Wasting disease, sunken belly, etc. usually characterized by the fish trying to swallow some food and ends up spitting it out only to go hungry – looks like a sore throat. This kind of thing is most often caused by a couple or three opportunistic protozoa.

How does flubendazole help fish with wasting disease?

Flubendazole does not have to be eaten by the fish to be active on the parasitic Protozoa. It helps the fish recover from the sealed throat and allows swallowing again. The fish keeper needs to raise the quality of the water and add some food the fish will chase after and things will improve over the next 3 to 5 days.

How does muscle wasting cause type 2 diabetes?

Under the microscope one can see fat between the muscle fibers and fat droplets inside the muscle cells. This causes “insulin resistance” which causes the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (beta cells) to work harder, making the diabetes worse. Muscle wasting is a result of aging, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition.