WSIL – Many are concerned that people may be affected by the "zombie" disease that spreads across the country, now in nearly half the world, including Illinois and Missouri. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the disease that is officially known as Chronic Disease of Loss (CWD) is a progressive, fatal disease that affects the brain, the spinal cord and many other farmed tissues and free reindeer, elk and elk. 1
There have been no reports of HRD yet, but studies have shown that this is a risk to humans.
You can click here to see which districts in Illinois and Missouri are reported about the disease.
The CDC provides the following guidelines to prevent CWDs from being obtained. they eat meat of deer and elk that seem sick or acting oddly or found dead (road killings).
- When wearing deer:
- Wear latex or rubber gloves when turning the animal or processing the meat.
- Minimize how much you deal with the organs of the animal, especially the tissues of the brain or spine.
- Do not use household knives or other kitchen utensils
- Check the Wildlife and Public Health guidelines to see if testing is recommended or required. Recommendations vary according to country, but test information is available from many governmental wildlife agencies.
- Consider strongly whether the deer or moose is tested for CWD before you eat meat. ask your animal to be processed individually to avoid mixing a number of animals.
- If your animal positively examines CWD, do not eat meat from this animal.
You can click here for more preventative tips from CDC. 19659018]