Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Nevada desperately trying to keep 'zombie deer' out of state

Nevada desperately trying to keep 'zombie deer' out of state

Officials are testing dead animals and examining migratory deer and elk at the state line with Utah for any signs of the disease, according to Peregrine Wolff, a Nevada Department of Wildlife veterinarian.

CWD can incubate for better than a twelve months forward of animals expose the symptoms, so U.S. officers recommend that deer hunters test meat forward of tantalizing it.

Experts also say there is no proof that the disease spreads to humans, but if you're a hunter, there are protective measures you can take.

Chronic wasting disease is a prion disease known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, and it affects the brains and spinal cords of deer by damaging normal prion proteins with abnormal prion proteins. In May, Gov. Steve Sisolak passed legislation banning hunters from bringing deer, elk or moose carcasses into the state to prevent disease transmission.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the term relates to animals that have contracted chronic wasting disease - a highly contagious and terminal disorder.

The disease spread to surrounding areas in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming by the 1990s and has been found in an increasing number of states, including across the mid-Atlantic since 2000.

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Although there is no current proof that CWD is harmful to humans, it is recommended that people not eat meat infected with CWD.

The CDC has also raised concern it could pose a risk to humans, who could contract the disease by eating contaminated deer meat. "A raven comes along, or the deer that migrate down off the Sonoma Range to the Humboldt River, and comes into contact with this carcass, and all of a sudden we've got chronic wasting disease (in Nevada)".

'We have historic perspective of mad cow disease, where the incubation period is likely 10 years or more'. Hunters should have all game tested before they consume any animals they kill.

In addition to 25 US states, the disease has also been recorded in Canada, Norway and South Korea, according to the CWD Alliance.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Biologist Charles says the disease takes more than a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weigh loss, stumbling, lack of coordination, drooling, excessive thirst or urination, drooping ears and lack of fear of people.

Chronic wasting disease first was detected in 1967 in a captive deer in a research facility at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

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