In 24 US states and two provinces in Canada, cases of chronic cachexia (CWD) have been reported in deer, moose and wild elk, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. This lethal neurological condition is also known as the "zombie". deer disease.
According to The New York Post, This disorder causes a strong weight loss in animals and causes them to repeat patterns as well as to lose fear of humans. The first time in the late 1960s in a deer in Colorado, chronic wasting disease has slowly spread to other places, and in January 2019 it has been recorded in 251 counties in 24 states. The CDC notes that there are also cases registered in Norway, Finland and South Korea.
Although the disease has not yet been reported in humans, some specialists have expressed concern that this disease may affect them. Thus, University of Minnesota experts claim that CWD should be treated as a public health problem. Michael Osterholm, specialist in this unit, He said "it is likely that in the next few years there will be documented cases of people with chronic cachexia associated with the consumption of contaminated meat." "It is possible that the number of human cases is significant and not isolated events," he added.
The expert compared Chronic wasting disease with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (or gall disease) and notes that for some time the experts did not believe that it could be extended to humans.
It is believed that CWD is transmitted through proteins called prions in body fluids such as stools, saliva, blood or urine.and it can remain in the environment for a long time, The New York Post publishes. There is no vaccine or treatment for the disease and the symptoms may take up to one year to occur.
A Canadian study showed last year that macaques fed meat infected with CWD developed the disease.