It’s been dubbed the ‘zombie deer disease’ and it continues to spread across the country… and, yes, it’s as terrifying as it sounds.
Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD for short, has now been confirmed in 24 states INCLUDING ILLINOIS, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease, similar to ‘mad cow disease,’ affects the brains and spinal cords of deer, elk, and moose. Symptoms include coordination loss, aggression, diminished fear of humans, stumbling, drooling, weight-loss, and more.
So far, there have been no human cases of CWD; however, wildlife officials say hunters should strongly consider testing any animal harvested in an area known to have CWD before consuming any of its meat. Officials are also warning people not to touch roadkill.