Published: Sun, February 24, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

CDC Issues New Warning About Chronic Wasting Disease or 'Zombie Deer Disease'

CDC Issues New Warning About Chronic Wasting Disease or 'Zombie Deer Disease'

Truth is this isn't even a new report from the CDC.

The disease was first noticed in the 1960s in Colorado. Since past year, the condition, popularly known as the "zombie deer disease, has spread across both the United States and Canada". In addition, CDW has been documented in reindeer and moose as far away as Norway, Finland and South Korea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey in 2006-2007 and almost twenty percent of those who were surveyed said they hunted deer or elk. Scientists say that once CWD is found in deer populations of certain areas, the risk of infection can remain for long periods of time.

And, while it has yet to happen, there is some concern it could spread to humans who hunt and eat the meat.

The animals contract the disease through contact with bodily fluids and feces.

"So the Zombie apocalypse is starting with a disease in their brain".

There is no known case of CWD in a human.

Dr. Levenson advises people to not eat any deer meat just to be on the safe side. Zabel believes the only way to get rid of CWD prions is to set controlled fires. As more infected meat is consumed, Osterholm said the risk of the disease crossing over and infecting humans could also increase.

"We are in an unknown territory situation", he told USA Today. 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.

Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, recently warned that the nature of the disease is similar to mad cow disease, which can be transmitted from infected cows to people, CBS News reported. Regardless, proper precautions should be taken in areas where this disease is common.

The CDC said that additional studies are now under way to identify if any similar prion diseases could be occurring at a higher rate in people who are at increased risk for contact with potentially CWD-infected meat. Hunters should also avoid shooting, handling or eating meat from animals that look sick or were found dead; wear gloves while handling carcasses; and minimize exposure to the animal's organs.

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