Zombie Deer Illness Spreading In The US Might Infect People, Knowledgeable Warns

Pearl Mccarthy
February 24, 2019

These symptoms, mainly the slowly staggering movement of infected animals, are what has gained this disease the unofficial classification as a "zombie disease". The answer is yes, and they may be your newest neighbors.

And though the CDC says it's possible that CWD might exist in other states that lack strong animal surveillance systems, the threat to humans exists only if humans consume tainted animal meat, and even that threat has yet to be confirmed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose - and have confirmed a case right here in Oneida County. Accordingly, those loving hunting and eating deer, elk, or moose should avoid doing so at least until the situation ends. The disease gets more serious as it progresses, and it is always fatal.

Prions were behind "mad cow disease".

Where can chronic wasting disease be found?

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Zombie disease or Chronic Wasting Disease is becoming prevalent in the United States according to the reports. Cases have also been reported in Norway, Finland and South Korea. If you do see any deer or moose that display any signs of being effected with Chronic Wasting Disease, contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Department. Since then, the disease has spread to involve states in the Midwest, Southeast and east coast.

There is no known case of CWD in a human.

How is chronic wasting disease spread and how common is it? CWD does pose a risk to non-human primates, like monkeys, whom eat meat from infected animals or are in contact with brain and bodily fluids of infected deer or elk. Once an animal becomes infected, the disease tends to spread quickly within a population. This means that an animal could contract CWD from the dead body of another that died as a result of the disease. However, it is important to note that infected animals may appear perfectly healthy because symptoms usually don't appear for months or even years. Scientists expect the studies to take several years before they can determine if CWD is a risk to people.

And there's more reason for concern. Lab tests for one of the deer served came back later - positive for CWD. Clay says they need the animal's head to test its lymph nodes, and it should be submitted within five days of being hunted.

What precautions can people take?

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