Despite the fact that the disease that turns deer into a zombie, sounds like a phrase from a low budget horror movie, in reality, the disease that affects deer worldwide, can adapt to the infection of other creatures, including humans. What is this disease and can it in any way to defend themselves? It seems that the zombie Apocalypse can really ever come, so it’s important for people to be drawn to him.
What is a chronic debilitating disease?
Sickness, zombie deer, or simply “chronic debilitating illness” was first discovered in the U.S. state of Colorado, where they found the first victim of this mysterious disease. Victims of the unknown disease have become some of the wild populations of elk and white-tailed deer. A dangerous disease is believed to spread to an uninfected animal coming into contact with contaminated urine, blood, saliva or any other body fluids.
Despite the fact that the victims of the strange disease are increasing, scientists are still unknown, what exactly is the causative agent of the disease. Currently it is believed that the disease is caused by prions — infectious agents, represented by special proteins that are able to infiltrate healthy nervous tissue in the body and gradually destroy it.
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Chronic debilitating disease is considered fatal and modern medicine to cure it is not able. Despite this, the scientists were able to classify it as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, highlighting the disease as one of the twelve known diseases of this type, which include “mad cow disease”. Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy are characterized by the fact that are caused by prions and affect the brain of patients, often leading to the formation of many small holes throughout the bark of the brain, giving it a spongy appearance. This is one reason why such diseases are sometimes called “zombie” disease.
Deer infected with chronic debilitating disease, go through a long, slow deterioration. The first symptoms, visible in infected deer become difficulty with coordination of movements, and uncontrollable drooling, which can increase the spread of the disease. Almost all cases of chronic debilitating diseases also entail behavioural changes in the deer suffering because their brain gradually becomes like a sponge. Such behavioral problems may include a decline in socialization with other animals, unusual lowering of the head, lethargy, nervousness, tremor and repetitive patterns of movement.
Can the zombie virus to infect humans?
To date, there have been no reported cases of the spread of chronic debilitating diseases in humans. However, scientists continue to warn the public about the possibility of the spread of the disease on humans via the consumption of contaminated meat. Researchers believe that without the timely culling of infected animals, “zombie-disease” may make the nature of the epidemic among people in a few years due to the incredible infectivity and ability to adapt.
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Currently, the foci were discovered in the forests of the United States, Canada and Northern Europe. Despite the fact that TB cases among people not yet identified, experts conducted laboratory experiments to see whether the disease is potentially affect humans. The researchers found that in a Petri dish prions from the infected sample deer can infect human cells. So while a zombie Apocalypse and it’s unlikely his offensive one is still possible.