GALENA, Ill. (KWQC) – According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, animals with a disease known as "zombie deer" are now reported in 17 counties in Illinois.
Counties include Boone, Carroll, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago.
The CDC reports that the disease, known as chronic debilitating disease (CDD), has been found in deer, elk and moose in Illinois and in 23 other states.
Animals with CWD have a zombie look and lose so much weight that their ribcage is clearly visible.
The disease is thought to be transmitted by body fluids, either through direct contact or through contaminated soil, food, or water.
CWD can be highly contagious among deer and elk populations and can spread rapidly.
Hunters are advised to have all their game tested before consuming the animals that they kill.