an increase in cases raises concerns about the risk of spread to humans

2023-12-25 11:42:00

It’s called zombie deer disease. Why this name? Because it attacks the nervous system of deer. Similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob, mad cow disease, which causes degeneration of the central nervous system, zombie deer disease is a prion pathology. It is likely to infect different animals such as deer, elk, reindeer or even elk, which, if affected, inevitably die. In fact, the mortality rate from the disease is 100%.

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When it occurs, animals exhibit significant weight loss, tremors, stumbling, excessive saliva production and other neurological symptoms, which are reminiscent of zombies, hence the nickname of this disease. READ ALSO Sheep scrapie: fear of possible transmission to humans

Zombie deer disease is reportedly on the rise in the United States and Canada, but also in Norway, Sweden, Finland and South Korea.

A possible disaster

Due to this increase in cases, some researchers are concerned about the possibility of this disease crossing the species barrier and infecting humans. Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Michael Osterholm, continues to sound the alarm on this subject. It is a “slow-onset catastrophe” he emphasizes in the Free lunch.

In April 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) affirmed with the World Organization for Animal Health and the UN Environmental Program that “animals” (and in particular wild animals) “are the source of more than 70% of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, and many of them are caused by new viruses.” These diseases are called “zoonoses”.

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