The Zombie Apocalypse is happening people and it’s coming courtesy of Deers!
Experts are warning that a deadly disease affecting deer in 24 states and two Canadian provinces could spread to humans.
Experts from the University of Minnesota recently told lawmakers at the Minnesota State Capitol about the dangers of chronic wasting disease, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
While there have not been cases of the disease reported in humans, Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told lawmakers human cases will likely be “documented in the years ahead.”
Chronic wasting disease was first identified in captive deer in the late 1960s in Colorado and in wild deer in 1981, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include drooling, stumbling, lack of coordination, lack of fear of people, aggression and listlessness — which explains the “zombie” deer disease nickname.
The disease is considered a prion disease. Prion diseases are a family of rare progressive neurodegenerative disorders that affect both humans and animals, according to the CDC.
“If Stephen King could write an infectious disease novel, he would write about prions like this,” Osterholm told lawmakers.
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