New Mexico is now one of the many states that have been infected with Zombie Deer Disease, or CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease). Do not be alarmed; there are no actual zombies, and the only way to catch this disease is to consume meat from an infected deer, mule or elk. Even so, the disease can be very serious. So, how does CWD kill you exactly? It causes proteins to abnormally fold, leads to the weakening of cells and also leads to brain disease, eventually killing the carrier.
With New Mexico’s hunting season approaching this month and going into March, it would be advised to stay away from hunting as a person can be easily infected. According to Ashley May from USA Today, “On March 13, 2005, a fire company in Oneida County, New York, fed the meat of a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease to 200 to 250 people.” Around 80 people agreed to participate in observations, and some symptoms that have been observed included vision loss, weight change or even heart disease. With no reported human deaths, it’s still a very fatal disease and animals that have been infected with it live no longer than 3 months. Be cautious when hunting especially if you are planning to consume the meat.
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