Zombie disease: Fears wasting infection may spread to humans

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Deadly disease sweeping US is turning deer into 'zombies'

But like the warning from a horror film, a real-life terrifying condition called Zombie deer disease is now sweeping the USA. The "Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act" authorizes a special resource study to determine how CWD spreads and could be prevented in deer and elk.

The deadly infection attacks a deer's nervous system, causing them to become aggressive and rapidly lose weight and coordination. Signs a deer has been infected include emaciation; excessive drool or saliva; loss of fear of humans; tremors, staggering, and loss of body control; drooping head or ears; and confusion.

And the debilitating disease can prove fatal in worst-case scenarios.

A so-called "zombie deer disease" is spreading across North America, a new report has warned.

World Health Organization officials have now urged humans to avoid eating any animal infected with the infection.

The "zombie deer disease" has drawn parallels with the devastating outbreak of mad cow disease that swept across the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s, but no evidence has so far suggested humans can contract it by eating infected meat.

'Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment.

"The affected areas are likely to expand".

"The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79 percent reported from at least one captive herd".

As Minnesota works to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state's deer population, researchers at the University of Minnesota think they've found a solution to a significant hurdle relating to testing deer for the disease.

"The affected areas are likely to expand".

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