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I just found out that deer manure can carry a brain disease similar to mad cow disease. I've been using leaves that have deer poop mixed in with them in my compost and have even givend them to my worms! I'm starting to feel like I should start over.
 
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You're talking about wasting disease? Yes, it is a spongiform disease that affects deer, elk, moose, and I think maybe caribou, but from what I read, there's no known cases of transmission to domesticated animals of similar type, let alone transmission to humans.

I would suggest you stop. Breathe. And then revisit what we know about composting and feeding livestock.

You know that grazing rotationally with poultry following after ruminants after the parasite eggs in the feces hatch will break the parasite cycle. You know that hot composts kill most pathogens. I don't think you really have to worry. I think that if you were eating deer that had grazed among the feces of diseased deer, you'd probably still be okay.

But if you are at all worried, you know what I would do? Feed that deer poop to your worms, or better yet, to Black Soldier Fly Larvae, then worms. Then feed the Black Soldier Fly Larvae to chickens. And maybe the worms to chickens.

I could be wrong (though I don't think I am), but I think that the only case in which transmission is possible is between other wild deer, or perhaps domesticated deer, but there haven't been any cases of affected cattle reported anywhere.

Just to be safe, don't feed infected deer or their feces to an animal you will eat directly, and probably don't go handling deer feces anymore, but I doubt there's any risk of disease from plants exposed to worms that once ate the bacteria eating the infected deer feces.

Also, have there been reports of infected deer in your area? If not, this really isn't something that should concern you.

-CK
 
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Also if it's anything like mad cow disease you have to eat under cooked brain or spinal chord to get it , if it was passed on in  shit etc we would have all been well and truly f@@@@@ in the UK it wasn't and we are not 

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I am sure this has been discussed before on Permies and in some depth . I wonder if someone could find the thread am on phone so it's difficult

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David Livingston wrote:you have to eat under cooked brain or spinal chord to get it


According to Wikipedia - you can get it from consumption of any body tissue, it's just more concentrated in nervous tissue.
Also, cooking will not make the tissue safe to eat. It requires temperatures above 600 Celsius to destroy the infectious agent.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy
 
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