& # 39; Zombie deer disease & # 39; in Oneida County


ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" nationwide.

In January 2019, a case of "zombie deer disease" was reported in Oneida County, according to the CDC.

"Zombie deer disease" is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose.

This can possibly affect humans if someone eats infected meat, according to the CDC.

Until now, no case of MDC infection has been reported in humans.

It may take more than a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which may include drastic weight loss, stumbling, apathy and other neurological symptoms, the CDC says.

MDC is lethal to animals and there is no treatment or vaccine.


As of January 2019, in 24 states of the country, 251 counties had CWD in deer and other deer in the wild.

Nationally, the number of CWD cases in deer and elk roaming free is relatively low, according to the CDC.

The only case reported in the state of New York was that of Oneida. No human being has been infected.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has not reported any cases of MDC in New York.

Visit the CDC website for more information on transmission and prevention of chronic wasting disease.

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