Mad Deer Disease Is Spreading Across Quebec, This Is Why It's So Dangerous
Since 2017 Health Canada has kept a close eye on a specific deer farm in Quebec. The reason? A horrifying illness called the mad deer disease.
TL;DR In 2017 Health Canada confirmed that Grenville-sur-la-Rouge farm contained deer infected with mad deer disease. Scientists have done studies that have concluded the animals must be eliminated immediately to prevent the disease from spreading to humans. Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture has announced that they do not want to eliminate any farm animals until their investigation is complete.
Spread through soil or water, it wasn't long before Health Canada began warning people who were most at risk, such as hunters and First Nations individuals. After that, the government had gone far enough to warn other provinces that the chronic debilitating disease, which was confirmed in the deer farm located in the Laurentians, has the potential to infect any humans that come into contact with it.
Even the smallest piece of contaminated meat entering a person's food could cause catastrophic disaster.
To prove it, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency decided to feed some of the deer meet to monkeys in a labratory.
As of now, only half of the participating test subjects are still alive, after the infected meat made them seriously ill and in 50% of the cases led to death.
Luckily, there are no known cases of the disease in humans. Although, that doesn't mean the infection isn't spreading across the province, putting more at risk each day.
Scientists are calling for the utmost caution, specifically to hunters in the area. A deer that is carrying this disease can seem perfectly healthy, as the incubation period is up to two years. So, if you do happen to eat wild game, you may want to cut back for a while.
Since the disease can be easily spread and contaminate quickly, an expert on the infection at Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit (a place where the disease has been ravaging for years), says all deer and other lifestock at the Grenville-sur-la-Rouge farm must be eliminated and that the farm be permanently shut down.
Despite it being said that the cause of the disease must be rid of immediately, otherwise it will never stop spreading, Quebec's Ministry of Agriculture doesn't want to jump to conclusions. They've announced that the investigation should continue before any animals are killed.
The Ministry of Agriculture claims that after testing all the animals that came into contact with the deer that's carrying the disease, all of them came back with a clean bill of health.
We can only hope that scientists find a way to contain the terrifying disease before it causes a province-wide epidemic.