The zombie disease has been declared an epidemic because it is spreading rapidly in the deer population in dozens of areas in Canada and America
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Scientists fear a ‘zombie’ disease could spread to humans as deer die after catching a disease in the same family as mad cow disease.
This strange and highly contagious disease is spreading among the deer population of western Canada.
Canada has dubbed chronic wasting disease (CWD) a “zombie disease.”
The infected animals become lean and weak. They lose their fear of humans and other predators, drool, stumble, have poor coordination, depression, behavior changes, and paralysis.
These symptoms have led some people to refer to the infection as “zombie disease.” Linking the infection to zombies is even more appropriate since deer can transmit the disease through animal-to-animal contact, particularly via urine and saliva.
CWD infection or “zombie disease” has not yet been demonstrated in humans. However, the United States Center for Diseases Control and Prevention “strongly” recommends harvesting deer from areas known to have the communicable disease before eating the animal and not eating it if it tests positive.
It was originally discovered in captive deer at a research facility in the late 1960’s. The same disease was later discovered in wild populations in Colorado in 1981.
Since then, the chronic wasting disease has been identified in at least 26 states and is now considered endemic in Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Montana.
However, in Canada, CWD first appeared on a moose farm in Saskatchewan in 1996 before spreading to wild populations.
Alberta, where the disease is now spreading rapidly among deer, confirmed the first case of the disease in wild deer as early as December 2005.
Although the majority of CWD cases in Canada have been observed in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Manitoba reported its first documented wild case in late 2021, according to the report.
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CWD belongs to a special class of pathogens called prions, which is also the same class of diseases that includes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
BSE is commonly referred to as mad cow disease. Scrapie, which infects sheep and goats, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), which affects humans, also belong to the same category as CWD.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/zombie-deer-struck-down-horrifying-26952692 "Zombie Deer" was struck down by a horrific, wasting disease that shredded wild animals