Can “Zombie Deer” Disease Spread To Humans?

February 13, 2019

Cats. Raccoons. Coyotes. They’re just a few of the animals that scare our beloved Ramona Holloway. Now you can add deer to that list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that deer, elk and moose in at least 24 states have been documented as having chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that causes the animals to experience drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness, drooling, aggression and loss of fear of humans.

Scientists believe CWD is spread through bodily fluids and through environmental exposure like food or drinking water. It can take years for symptoms to appear after infection, and while there’s been no reports of humans having CWD, some believe it’s only a matter of time before we see human cases of CWD start occurring.

Besides, we've already seen zombie deer on the big screen...