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Zombie Disease in Deer, Not Humans: Questions About Chronic Wasting Answered

Chronic wasting disease is sometimes called “zombie deer disease”, or affected deer may be called “zombie deer” due to the neurological signs of the disease, including weight loss, lack of coordination, listlessness and drooling.

The disease primarily affects free-ranging deer, elk and moose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although there have been no infections in humans, scientists have warned that the disease is a “slow disaster” for humans.

Here’s where “zombie deer disease” has been reported so far:

Reports on chronic wasting disease in the United States and abroad

Chronic wasting disease has been found in animal populations in at least 31 U.S. states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Earlier this month, Kentucky confirmed a case of CWD when officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that the disease had been detected in a 2-year-old white-tailed deer captured by a hunter in November.

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