This disease makes deer listless, underweight and in some cases, aggressive. The scariest part? This disease could potentially transmit to humans too.
“It is probable that human cases of Chronic Wasting Disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead,” predicted Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “It’s possible the number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events.”
Read more about it in this article by Erin Kelly.
Image Credits: Mike Hopper, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism