The Grazing Dead

Experts are warning that a “Zombie” Deer disease could spread to humans chronic wasting disease affects a deer’s brain & spinal cord lab tests have shown that human genes can be infected its symptoms are being compared to zombie behaviour.

They include aggression, lack of fear of people, stumbling & drooling the symptoms can take years to appear.

The “zombie disease” is spread through feces, saliva or blood Hunters are urged to take extra precautions when handling deer carcasses…

So far, there are no documented cases of humans catching the disease but some experts’ say it may only be a matter of time

Canadian authorities are already advising against consuming or coming in contact with deer, elk, or moose populations. As for how to detect deer, elk, moose, or caribou which may have gotten infected with CWD, they typically show these symptoms:

  • Isolation and decreased interaction with other animals.
  • Listlessness
  • Tremors
  • Repetitive walking patterns.
  • Lowered head
  • Nervousness
  • Salivation
  • Teeth grinding
  • Increased drinking and urination.

 

 

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If, however, handling animals are part of your job or daily life, then at the very least, cautious handling is necessary. Here’s a list on how to stay safe:

  1. Always wear gloves when handling them.
  2. Do not shoot or hunt deer, elk, moose, or caribou which appear to be infected.
  3. Avoid coming in contact with their blood, saliva, urine, or poop.
  4. Avoid handling or cutting the spinal cord and brain area.
  5. Have the animal tested for CWD before handling or consumption.
  6. Properly dispose of infected meat.

 

 

Further study is needed on how it could spread to affect human anatomy. Currently, there are no reported cases of people infected with CWD yet. Still, experts have suggested that hunters and pretty much everyone else avoid eating venison as a precaution.