Deer Disease to Spread to Humans – Is It Connected to the Mad Cow Disease?

There’s a deadly disease that currently affects the deer population, and it happens in about 24 states and even two Canadian provinces. It could also spread to humans, as experts say.

They come from the University of Minnesota, and they said that the disease is called Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It is described as a neurological illness that could be fatal, and that takes place in North American cervids, which are members of the deer family – elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, even moose.

There is no cure for now

As of late, there are not any vaccines, not any kind of treatment for this disease. It spreads from contact – animal to animal directly, and indirectly from the food or water that is contaminated.

There are no reported cases of CWD in people, for now. However, this disease should be treated as a public health issue. This disease is to be documented in the following years.

It is possible that cases in humans would be associated with consuming contaminated meat. Also, if things go out of hand, human cases would be a critical point and will certainly not be isolated events.

Its connection with the mad cow disease

Some people made a connection with the mad cow disease. At first, all the public health officials and people from the industry did not believe that it could be an infectious thing for humans. However, it did, and we are talking about a certain variant of the mad cow disease that has no cure. It is called the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Both vCJD and CWD take part in the same family of illnesses, which are also known as prion diseases.

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Meagan Kozlovs

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Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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