A deadly disease that has affected the deer population in approximately 24 countries and two Canadian provinces may eventually spread and infect humans, experts warn.
Speaking at Capitol Minnesota last week, experts from the University of Minnesota told legislators about the dangers of chronic disease loss (CWD) or what the US geological survey describes as "a fatal, neurological disease that occurs in the North American cervids (deer family members), including red deer, deer moose, moose. and moose. "
There are currently no vaccines or treatments for the disease that scientists claim to be spreading directly through animal-to-animal contact but indirectly through contaminated drinking water, or food.
Although there have been no reports of CWD in humans, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Infectious Policies at the University of Minnesota told lawmakers that the disease should be treated as a public health problem, that CWD's human cases will most likely be "documented in the coming years."
CWD related to the consumption of contaminated meat will be documented in the coming years. It is possible that the number of human cases will be significant and there will be no isolated events, "he said, partly according to the Twin Cities pioneers.
"If Stephen King could write a novel about communicable diseases, he would write.
Osterholm likens CWD to mad cow disease, which state health officials and beef companies have never thought likely to infect humans (since then a mild cow variant has been confirmed) ̵
"If Stephen King could write a novel about infectious diseases, he would write about prions.
CWD was first discovered in deer in captivity in the late 1960s, according to the CDC. Symptoms of the disease include sputum, stumbling, lack of coordination, lack of fear in humans, aggression and apathy – which explains the "zombie" alias of deer disease. Symptoms are the result of a "deformed prion that kills the neurons in the brain of the infected animal," the University of Minnesota explains.
Osterholm repeated the CDC when he warned that the disease could spread to humans in the future.
"Animal studies have shown that CWD is a risk to some non-human primates. such as monkeys eating meat from CWD-infected animals or coming into contact with the brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk. These studies raise concerns that there may be a risk to humans. Since 1997, the World Health Organization has advised agents of all known prion diseases not to enter the human food chain, "the CDC said.