Canadian scientists have shown that the cachexia of the deer, can be transmitted to people and can KILL you, here is how…
The deer of the USA and Canada are dying.
At least 22 states and some Canadian regions are affected by a neurological disease, chronic cachexia, which transforms moose and deer into a kind of zombies.
Chronic wasting causes deer to show signs of decay, head down, facial expression blank, teeth grinding, loss of appetite, drooping ears, and walking in repetitive patterns. Finally, they develop weight loss and die.
But could humans be affected by the “zombie deer disease”?
After all, this hypothesis is not so far-fetched, since Canadian scientists have shown that its transmission is possible in primates
Although no cases have ever been reported in humans since its discovery in 1967, a team of Canadian researchers have expressed concern about the possibility that chronic wasting disease , known as the disease of the zombie deer, can be transmitted to humans.
The scientists verified that, of a group of five monkeys that were foods with meat of deer infected , three of them contracted the disease .
How? Let’s be more concrete.
Evolved infectious agents
Infectious agents that cause chronic wasting disease, called prions, do not easily pass between animals of different species. But what is certain is that these proteins can ‘evolve’ to infect other species .
A prion enters a healthy organism through abnormal proteins . When this happens, it modifies the form of the same type of protein with which it entered the new organism , modifying it and also converting it into a prion.
Thus, we would be talking about an infection that could spread in humans in a similar way as mad cow disease did.
“We have reason to suspect that chronic wasting disease could be transmitted to humans,” said Mark Zabel, director of the Prion Research Center at Colorado State University (CDC), for the Live Science platform . “The disease may still be evolving, and it could be only a matter of time before a prion evolves into a deer that is capable of infecting a human being .”
In addition, some studies have even shown that prions can even be artificially modified to give rise to the prions that cause the disease.
Can you eat deer meat?
The Prions Research Center at Colorado State University (CDC) recommends that, in areas where chronic deer cachexia has been found, hunters should seriously reconsider testing meat.
In addition, the CDC also recommended that hunters do not shoot or tamper with deer or elk meat that looks sick or acts strangely.
Although it is important to keep in mind that even deer that seem healthy could have the disease, since it may be years before the symptoms appear.