At least we are all still safe.
The “Zombie Deer Disease,” or the neurological illnesses that has been affecting the members of the deer family in North America, has recently raised the attention of the media and of various groups after manifesting its effects among some species of the wild. Experts say that the human world is still spared, as no reported contractions have taken place so far.
According to recent accounts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of January 2018, at least 22 states and two provinces in Canada have confirmed reports of the disease, which is also known as the “chronic wasting disease.” There are also detections in South Korea.
Data from the United States Geological Survey explains what chronic wasting disease, the other term for the Zombie Deer Disease, is and how it is transmitted. The organization defines the breakout as “a fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids.”
The zombie disease has afflicted species that include the white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, and elk. It can be transmitted animal-to-animal direct transmission and through contact with saliva, urine, feces, and carcasses of infected animals, and this is categorized as indirect contact. Since it was discovered in 1967, it has spread in many members of the fauna but has not been detected among humans as of current measures.
Humans are still safe
It has been called such because of the conditions that it can bring to the body of the infected animal. The disease generally attacks organs such as the brain and spinal cord, as well as other tissues that result in aggression, weight loss, lack of coordination and even deaths.
While human beings are still spared, there are now macaques who have contracted the zombie illness after consuming several servings of venison. If you are a follower of the evolution theory, you might want to take notice. These monkeys spent around three years consuming the meat, and it is equivalent to a human taking in around seven ounces of steak per month. Scientists though are strong in guaranteeing that the disease will not take effect in humans in this way.
As someone who has been into various survival activities, it is important to get ahead of times and prevent this from happening. Despite the impossibility of acquiring the disease, it is still necessary to keep vigilant.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists down some guidelines:
- Avoid shooting and eating meat from deer that appear sick or “acting strangely,” more so, those that are already dead.
- As you field-dress deer, wear protective gear like rubber or latex gloves, as well as when handling the meat. Whenever possible, minimize contact with the organs, especially the tissues in the brain and spinal column.
- Avoid using household knives during field dressing.
- Always consult with state wildlife and public health agencies on testing information, to ensure the safety of the deer you hunt or use as food.
- Before consuming deer meat, make sure that the deer where they come from has been tested negative for the disease. If they are tested positive, strictly refrain from consuming the meat.
With these guidelines, you can ensure that your lives will not be at stake. With all this said, no one can take away my love for venison!