You know The Walking Dead? It’s a TV show about a group of people trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. It had a really good first season, and went downhill from there. But, like the zombies in the show, it keeps shambling on. However, it turns out that zombies aren’t just a fictional problem to worry about! Apparently, in 24 states and two provinces in Canada, there have been zombie sightings. Of course, the zombies are deer and not people, but that’s beside the point!
WPXI reports: “Zombie deer” disease, officially called chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has spread into 24 states and two provinces in Canada, and researchers are worried humans could contract it, given certain circumstances.
The disease is primarily found in free-ranging deer, elk and moose, and has been identified in farmed deer and elk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There have been no recorded human infections, but here’s why the CDC is concerned. Studies have suggested that non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat infected meat or come into contact with an infected animal’s body fluid, could be at risk. The CDC said the research raises concern there could be a risk to people as well.
With no treatments or vaccines for so-called “Zombie deer” disease, the illness is fatal, although some infected animals may never develop the disease.
And since I’m sure you were curious, here’s a map of all the places the zombie deer have been seen. It would appear that all of Wyoming has fallen to the undead, so maybe I’d cancel any trips to Yellowstone if I were you.