Zombie Deers! Disease is in 24 states now!


An infectious disease deadly in deer has spread to 24 states.

 Experts warned that the ailment – unofficially dubbed “zombie” deer disease – could one day hit humans. Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has afflicted free-ranging deer, elk and/or moose in 24 states and two Canadian provinces as of January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

“We are in an unknown territory situation,” Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told USA TODAY on Friday.

Experts Warn Deadly Zombie Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans Next

Last week, Osterholm testified before his state lawmakers, warning about possible human impacts.

“It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” he said. “It’s possible the number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events. No cases of CWD have been reported in humans, but studies have shown it can be transmitted to animals other than deer.

For humans, eating infected deer meat would be the most likely way for it to spread to people, the CDC says.

 

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