Deadly Feast: Can Venison Kill You?

By all accounts, the feasts that Wayne Waterhouse threw at his cabin overlooking Wisconsin's Brule River were fabulous. Every fall, Waterhouse would serve the bounty of his most recent hunting trips--heaping dishes of moose, elk and deer. But in 1993 Waterhouse died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a brain disorder that can be triggered by mad-cow disease, and within six years, two of his fellow feastgoers had also died of rare brain disorders. Was the game they ate to blame? That's what Wisconsin health authorities--and now the Centers for Disease Control--want to know.

State investigators, who in mid-July were tipped off to the...

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