Scientists have named it The Zombie Deer Disease that is an infection in Deer, Moose and Elk.
It causes dramatic weight loss, increased aggression, loss of focus and coordination and an insatiable appetite.
As of January 2019, the CDC says it’s been reported in 24 US states, two Canada provinces and are warning hunters who are at risk of eating this infected meat.
“Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast, It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.”
“Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment. The affected areas are likely to continue to expand. So far, though, it’s limited only to the hoofed mammals and its occurrence remains ‘relatively low’ nationwide. But, it’s slowly and steadily spreading.”
“In several locations where the disease is established, infection rates may exceed 10 percent (1 in 10), and localized infection rates of more than 25 percent (1 in 4) have been reported. The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79% (nearly 4 in 5) reported from at least one captive herd.”