Nevada Officials Fear Spread of 'Zombie Deer'

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Officials in Nevada have been testing carcasses of deer and elk to monitor Chronic Wasting Disease, a highly contagious nervous system disease that affects cervids - meaning elk, deer, moose and reindeer - the Las Vegas Sun reported.

The situation is dire as officials fear the disease, which causes lethargy and emaciation, will devastate deer and elk populations.

Nevada also provided a ban earlier this twelve months on bringing determined animal body aspects into the deliver, in conjunction with the brain and the spinal cord that can possess sizable concentrations of prions.

A veterinarian with Nevada's Department of Agriculture echoed Wolff, saying that officials have watched CWD spread from Colorado into Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and Montana.

"Zombie" deer is a neurodegenerative disease that, if infected, reduces a deer, elk or moose into a zombi like state, making them drooling, stumbling creatures as they roam forests and countrysides in 24 states in the US.

The sickness is reportedly transmitted by prions, which are protein particles that have been linked to brain diseases such as mad cow disease in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.

Those studies raise concerns that humans could also be affected.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that chronic wasting disease could threaten humans.

CWD can incubate for better than a twelve months forward of animals expose the symptoms, so USA officers recommend that deer hunters test meat forward of tantalizing it. "We know that we can't wrap Nevada in a bubble", she commented.

An estimated 7,000 to 15,000 animals infected with CWD are consumed by hunter families each year, according to the Alliance for Public Wildlife.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissable spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) believed to be caused by a mutated protein, or prion, that attaches to and transforms healthy brain proteins into disfigured mutations, which cause the eventual deterioration of the brain until the condition becomes fatal.

So far, there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease can cross species from deer to humans.

Since 2000, chronic wasting disease has spread to 26 states and Canadian provinces, with the highest concentration of U.S. cases in Colorado and Wyoming and the border between Wisconsin and IL.

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