CDC issues warning about CWD, also known as ‘zombie deer disease’

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning for the so-called “zombie deer disease” nationwide. 

As of January 2019, one case of the “zombie deer disease” was reported in Oneida County, according to the CDC.

“Zombie deer disease,” or Chronic Wasting Disease, is a rare rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose.

It can possibly affect humans if someone where to eat infected meat, according to the CDC.

So far, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.

It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms, the CDC says.  

CWD is fatal to animals and there are no treatments or vaccines.

As of January 2019, there were 251 counties in 24 states across the country with reported CWD in free-range deer and other cervids.

Nationwide, the overall occurrence of CWD in free-ranging deer and elk is relatively low, according to the CDC.

The only reported case in New York State was in Oneida County. No humans have been infected. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has not reported any cases of CWD in New York.

Head over to the CDC’s website for more information on transmission and prevention of Chronic wasting disease. 

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