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brainworm

[breyn-wurm] /ˈbreɪnˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
a microscopic, parasitic roundworm that infests the brain of large hoofed animals, as deer.
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  • Although the brainworm has little effect on white-tailed deer, it can cause a fatal neurological disease in moose.
  • We haven't seen mortality due to brainworm or from tick infestations that would account for that kind of loss.
  • Elk, on the other hand, are not threatened by the meningeal brainworm nor do elk compete with deer for the same foods.

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