"Zombie Deer" reported in several counties in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS / WRSP) – Animals with a disease known as "zombie deer" have been reported in 17 counties in Illinois, as well as in 23 other states, according to the Center for Disease Control .

"All we could do was walk in circles, I really got close and it could not go," said local hunter Doug Schmidgall.

The disease, known as chronic debilitating disease (CDD), has been reported in wild deer, elk and / or moose, which Schmidgall has found throughout his hunter years.

"I arrived and took a gun and shot at it and told the conservation police what I had done and why and they said to bury it, "Schmidgall said.

The CDC said hunters should have all their meat tested before consuming the animals that they kill.

But Schmidgall said the warning did not stop him.

"I eat meat, I ate some steak steaks a few days ago, I like mine a little bit rare," Schmidgall said.

If the disease could spread to people, it would probably be by eating the infected deer or elk.

"I've been eating this product for as long as I can remember, I'm almost 60 years old and he has not killed me yet," Schmidgall said.

Scientists believe that the disease is likely spreading from one animal to another, either through direct contact or indirectly through contamination of the soil, food or water by the environment.

"Zombie deer" have been reported in the following counties of Illinois: Boone, Carroll, Dekalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago.

For more information, visit the CDC website.


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