A neurological disease is turning deers into ‘zombies’ in North America, as reported by the New York Post. The term ‘zombie’ here, however, has a very loose definition.
Instead of the reanimated corpses we see in media, the sickness, called ‘Chronic Wasting Disease‘, attacks the brain and spinal cord tissue which causes its victims to experience a decrease in weight, coordination, and an increase in aggression – hence the term ‘zombies.’
CWD is reportedly spread through body fluids such as blood, saliva and through contaminated food sources.
Prolonged exposure to the disease ultimately results in the death of its host. While it isn’t contagious to humans, it can affect non-human primates such as monkeys if they ever eat meat from CWD-infected animals.
So far, 24 states in the United States are home to this type of infected deer, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Train to Busan, anyone?