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Chronic Wasting Disease in White‐tailed Deer: Infection, Mortality, and Implications for Heterogeneous Transmission

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... We found that adult male deer have > 3 fold higher risk of CWD infection than female deer. Males also had higher disease mortality than female deer. As a result CWD prevalence was 2 fold higher in adult males than females. We also evaluated the potential impacts of alternative contact structures on transmission dynamics in Wisconsin deer. Results suggested that transmission of CWD among male deer during the nonbreeding season may be a potential mechanism for producing higher rates of infection and prevalence characteristically found in males...

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