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Monday, February 18, 2019

Zombie Deer Disease Hits US, Canada


zombie deer, chronic wasting disease

As more than 20 US states report cases of a brain-wasting animal disease informally called "zombie" deer disease, officials worry that humans could be affected.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer, elk and/or moose in at least 24 states and two Canadian provinces since the start of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

There are no vaccines or treatments available for the disease, which is always fatal.

"It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.


"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 to date, but research suggests it poses a risk to humans.

By Ashley May, USA Today

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