Chronic wasting disease causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals, resulting in abnormal behavior, emaciation, loss of bodily functions, and death.
The most consistent and apparent clinical sign is weight loss over time. Chronic wasting disease affected animals continue to eat, but the amounts of food consumed are reduced, leading to the gradual loss of their body condition. Excessive drinking and urination are common signs in the terminal stages as well.
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