Now that Illinois is depopulating deer in all our norhtwestern counties in an effort to control CWD and I am paranoid that it may be carried to our farm the big question seems to me to be - if a healthy looking deer can have a positive CWD test, then is it possible for healthy cows to have a possitive BSE test? The fact that there is a blood test on the horizon seems to indicate that a healthy looking animal could carry it into the food chain, thus making all the previous saftey claims just political rhetoric. I don't think we'll know for sure until the test comes out and we can test a broader spectrum. The differnces between CWD and BSE seem odd. How can a year old deer can come down with CWD and yet cattle don't get it until they are old? How come deer can get it by comingling and cattle can only get BSE from feed? Why is it safe to eat meat when the SRMs are removed when the folded prions are found in blood samples? So you see we need answers, and we need to seperate health issues from economic issues.