Title: “Zombie Deer Disease Spreads Across US and Beyond: Kentucky Joins Growing List of Affected States”
In a concerning development, The News Teller has learned that more than half of the states in the US have reported cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD), an alarming ailment commonly referred to as “zombie deer disease.” The latest state to confirm a CWD case is Kentucky, where a 2-year-old white-tailed deer has tested positive.
The spread of this fatal disease is not limited to the US alone. Cases of chronic wasting disease have also been detected in Canada and certain Nordic European countries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), free-ranging deer, elk, and moose are primarily affected by this neurological disorder.
First discovered back in 1967 in Colorado, chronic wasting disease has since made its way across multiple states and countries, causing significant concerns among wildlife agencies and experts. Although no infections have been reported in humans so far, research suggests that the disease may be more transmissible from animals to humans than previously thought.
Symptoms of chronic wasting disease include weight loss, lack of coordination, listlessness, and drooling. These neurological signs are so pronounced that the disease has acquired the chilling nickname “zombie deer disease.” The progressive nature of CWD, which affects the brain, spinal cord, and other tissues of the animals it infects, makes it an extremely dangerous threat to wildlife populations.
Experts believe that the disease spreads through contact with contaminated body fluids, tissue, or the environment. This knowledge underlines the importance of containing and managing the illness to prevent further transmission. As of now, over 30 US states, along with three Canadian provinces, have reported cases of chronic wasting disease, while Nordic European countries have also found cases in reindeer and moose.
In a recent incident in July 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture took drastic measures to stop the spread of CWD. They ordered the culling of over 300 deer at Maple Hill Farms after the disease was discovered at the facility. Such actions demonstrate authorities’ commitment to tackle this alarming disease head-on.
As chronic wasting disease continues its relentless spread, wildlife agencies and experts are urging heightened vigilance and cooperation among states and countries. Concerns about the potential transmission to humans necessitate research and proactive measures to contain and combat the disease effectively.
Stay tuned to The News Teller as we bring you the latest updates on this emerging crisis and efforts being made to protect wildlife and public health worldwide.
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