The Zombie Deer Disease
Updated: 4/29/2020
The Zombie Deer Disease

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  • In the late 1960's the CWD or the Chronic Wasting Disease was found in captive deer in Colorado
  • This disease spread to the biotic factors of the environment. Biotic mean the living parts
  • It was later found in wild deer in 1981. According to https://www.noble.org/news/publications/ag-news-and-views/2018/december/how-chronic-wasting-disease-affects-deer-hunting/ by the 2000's 24 states had the disease and three Canadian provinces did too. According to https://www.cdc.gov/prions/cwd/occurrence.html "As of January 2020, there were 299 counties" in those states that had infected animals
  • Infected deer could spread it for miles which caused other animals like squirrels and moose to get infected as well
  • The disease was very crucial to deer. The prions ate the deers brain and made it look like swiss cheese
  • The only way to know if the deer has the disease is to test it after it dies
  • The test took two weeks to get the results back which was not good for butchers and hunters
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  • Butchers and hunters wanted to sell their meat but couldn't until they got the results back
  • Keeping meat fresh for two weeks was hard for them
  • The only way to stop the spread was to identify the sick animals. Infected animals look thinner and walk a little wobbly
  • According to https://www.cdc.gov/prions/cwd/occurrence.html "However, in several locations where the disease is established, infection rates may exceed 10 percent (1 in 10), and localized infection rates of more than 25 percent (1 in 4) have been reported. The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79% (nearly 4 in 5) reported from at least one captive herd"
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