Excellences, Chairperson, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Let me start by congratulating the Director General elect, Dr. Qu Dongyu. We look forward to cooperating with you. To outgoing Director General, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, we thank you for
By Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Vervik Bollestad FAO- Generalkonferans, Roma 2019
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible neurologic disease (TSE) affecting cervids. The infectious agent is known to be a prion, a normal protein that in this disease misfolds and destroys the brain. The development of the disease is slow and always fatal. Affected cervids show loss of body condition and altered behaviour. Contrary to other TSE like BSE and scrapie, CWD prion proteins are also found outside the neurologic system like body fluids, lymphatic tissue and excreta.