Zombie Deer, Oh My

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  1. Laela

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    Has anyone heard of this disease of late?

    Case of 'zombie deer disease' confirmed in New York state
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    February 19, 2019 10:58 AM

    ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WHEC) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose.

    As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the CDC, including a reported case in Oneida County.

    It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness, and other neurologic symptoms. It is fatal to animals and there are no treatments or vaccines.

    To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, the CDC has warned the public to test venison or elk meat for CWD before eating it from areas with documented infections.

    Click here for more information on CWD.


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    CWD = Comet or Cupid Walking Dead

    NOPE!!!!!
     
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    Oh gosh, thanks for this.
     
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    Welp I’m all caught up on the Zombie Apocalypse survival guide. :toocool:
     
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    It sounds like the deer version of mad cow disease.

    A young skinny deer died on our property last week. I didn’t get a good look at it before the turkey vultures came and disposed of it, but now I’m wondering.

    Can buzzards get this disease, too? That would be even worse ‘cause they fly!
     
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    Oh no, I can see it now, blue-eyed demon buzzards flying around knocking down walls! :eek:
     
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    All it takes is one weirdo to molest one of these sick deer and it's a wrap. And you know someone will.
     
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    So it's a prion disease.
    Welp, taking deer off of my list of foods to eat!

    Thanks for this info.
     
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    Who’s to say it hasn’t already happened :laugh:
     
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    It’s this wasting disease? We’ve had a few cases in this state
     
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    ^^yes, wasting disease.... Come to think of it, I notice we've not seen any deer at all so far this season.. last year we saw a few hopping around. Here's an
    interesting update:

    In 2005, about 200 people ate ‘zombie’ deer meat. Here’s what happened
    Ashley May, USA TODAYPublished 11:29 a.m. ET Feb. 21, 2019 | Updated 2:15 p.m. ET Feb. 21, 2019

    CWD is an always-fatal disease that leaves their brains full of holes. What is this always-fatal condition and how do people fight its spread? Wochit-All

    As people wonder what might happen if humans eat meat from "zombie" deer, there is at least one group of people who already know.

    On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to 200 to 250 people. The company didn't know the meat was from a diseased deer. Laboratory tests for one of the deer served came back positive for CWD later.

    Because little was known about what happens to people who eat infected meat, the Oneida County Health Department monitored the group's health through a surveillance project. About 80 people who ate the venison agreed to participate. Together with the State University of New York-Binghamton, health experts checked in with the group of mostly white males over the course of six years to see whether they developed any unusual symptoms.

    In a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Public Health, researchers found the group had "no significant changes in health conditions." They did report eating less venison after the whole ordeal. Otherwise, observed conditions, including vision loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight changes, hypertension and arthritis, were credited to old age.

    More: Will deer with chronic wasting disease attack humans?

    "It’s the only study I’m aware of that has this progressive follow-up of a known point source contamination where we know the people ate a contaminated animal," researcher Ralph Garruto, professor of biomedical and biological sciences at Binghamton University, told USA TODAY.

    Garruto said his team checks in with the group every two years and plans another follow-up in spring. Though he said the chance of symptoms appearing dwindles with time, there's a small possibility that someone might show signs of the disease.

    "It only takes one case," he said.
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    Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. (Photo11: Lynn_Bystrom,
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    There have been no reported cases of CWD in humans, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state wildlife offices urge hunters to take precautions in areas where the disease has been found in animals. In laboratory studies, CWD has been able to cross species.

    More: How to prevent CWD and avoid eating infected meat

    More: 'Zombie' deer disease is in 24 states and thousands of infected deer are eaten each year, expert warns

    "Right now, most scientists believe there is a pretty strong 'species barrier,' which means that it’s unlikely the disease will jump to a new species," Krysten Schuler, wildlife disease ecologist and co-director at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab, told USA TODAY.

    But some experts have predicted CWD could one day infect humans. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said it's "probable" that humans will come down with the disease after eating meat "in the years ahead."
     

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