"Zombie deer," deer afflicted with a prion wasting disease, are found in more and more areas.
In 2019, the disease became a topic of reactionary memes following several articles reporting on an outbreak of the disease in North America and claiming that it potentially could spread to humans. Known more formally as chronic wasting disease (CWD), the infection eats away at the brains of deer, elk, and moose.
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Health officials are trying to stop its spread in Nevada. A DEADLY infection that turns deer into zombie beasts is spreading across North America, a new report warns. These characteristics are why CWD has earned the moniker zombie deer disease, with the myth-like suggestion that once they contract it, deer turn into a ghoulish parody of their once healthy selves. They can become more aggressive and less afraid of humans The symptoms of chronic wasting disease reduce infected animals to zombie-like creatures: Stumbling, drooling, drastic weight loss. It causes deer to drastically lose weight and act erratically.
Deadly Deer “Zombie deer disease” is spreading across the globe.
But boffins fear people who eat infected meat could be struck down by the virus after it jumped to other animal species. The so-called "zombie disease" – better known as a chronic wasting disease – has felled thousands of deer, elk and moose in the US this year.
"Zombie deer disease," which kills deer and elk, has already been reported in 24 states. It has been found in some areas of North America, including Canada and the United States, Norway and South Korea. "Zombie Deer" Disease is a nickname given to the chronic wasting disease of deer, elk and other similar species. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. And it's feared the so-called "zombie deer disease" could be transmitted to humans.