You may have already heard of the chronic wasting disease (CWD) that was found in farmed deer in Quebec last year. The disease, which fatally attacks the nervous system of deer, elk and moose has since spread to both free-ranging and farmed animals across the U.S. and Canada.
Known popularly as the "zombie deer disease" it has been confirmed in three Canadian provinces so far. In 2018 the disease was discovered by the CFIA in six deer or elk herds — four cases were found in Saskatchewan and one case in both Quebec and Alberta. Although there has been no record of humans contracting the disease yet, "zombie deer disease" has been proven to transfer to primates. The CFIA says there is currently no treatment or vaccine available for chronic wasting disease.
TL;DR The CFIA has confirmed deer, elk and/or moose in Quebec, Saskatchewan and Alberta have chronic wasting disease, also known as "zombie deer disease." The disease is not treatable and there are no cases of it transferring to humans. Twitter reactions are below.
Symptoms of CWD include depression, weight loss, difficulty swallowing, excess salivation, lack of coordination, paralysis and more. Aurthorities are advising that even though the disease has not yet been proven to spread to humans, no part of an infected animal should be eaten or used.
The CFIA also recommends that hunters use increased caution when handling game, and should have animals tested before using any of the meat or body parts.
Since no one seems exactly sure if (or when) chronic wasting disease could begin infecting humans, Twitter users across the country have begun to panic:
ZOMBIE DEER DISEASE IS VERY DISTURBING FOR ALL OF US THAT HAVE CONSUMED DEER MEAT @ SOME TIME...— DAN BARCAN (@DANBARCAN1) February 19, 2019
So the Zombie apocalypse is starting with a disease in their brain. People who eat deer meat are in trouble. It will slowly circulate. Its finally here— NAMEisCHASE (@NAMEisCHASE) February 19, 2019
This deer disease gonna start the zombie apocalypse.— Joshua Kanai (@JoshuaKanai) February 19, 2019
These reactions are either jokes or hilariously misinformed.
There’s a deer zombie disease outbreak with 2 cases in Canada and my sister won’t stop sending me videos 😩 This truly is the end omg— BelleCréole 🦋 (@BlackIsBelle) February 19, 2019
Ya’ll hear about zombie deer disease that spreads to monkies after eating the infected deer??? And we’re pretty much glorified monkies??! Don’t eat deer kids go vegan— Hannah Lloyd (@fils_de_pute_HL) February 19, 2019
Today I learned there’s a disease that is found in cervines called “chronic wasting disease” that’s basically the brain eating itself which causes zombie deer.— Crybaby (@wolfychaaan) February 19, 2019
Actual, zombie deer. pic.twitter.com/J7Fqsz5r8O
Radio woman just said “the zombie deer disease could possibly affect humans.”— Hilary Pryor (@hilary_pryor) February 19, 2019
This is it guys
ok but am i really the only one who’s scared and paranoid about the zombie deer disease???— miggy (@woIfkidd) February 19, 2019
There are also a few people who aren't that convinced that chronic wasting disease is a threat to humans:
the 👏 “zombie” 👏 deer 👏 disease 👏 cannot 👏 spread 👏 to 👏 humans 👏 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— k e l l s e y (@kellseyyyy_) February 19, 2019
Inspired by @Styx666Official:— 𝓣𝓸𝔁𝓸𝓹𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓶𝓪 𝓖𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓱𝓲 (@ToxoGandhi) February 19, 2019
PSA: The very name, "Zombie Deer Disease" is clickbait and fear porn. They're not zombies. The disease is a result of a few proteins that folded as they shouldn't. It's not even alive. These chains of proteins are neither contagious nor even alive.
Seems to me like the answer to the Zombie Deer Disease is to simply not eat the bloody deer in the first place. Am I missing something?— sloth.tar.gz (@aslothbasically) February 19, 2019
To all the weirdos posting this “zombie deer disease” thing, it’s been around since the late 60’s and it’s called chronic wasting disease, impossible to transfer to humans, get learnt— Cardi T (@BeechingTyler) February 19, 2019
Others are preparing for the zombie apocalypse...
can’t wait to die by brain-eating zombie deer disease— phoby cat (@ohiofrogman) February 19, 2019
So the zombie deer disease is probably gonna be what cuts the population to 500,000,000. Look up the Georgia guidestones— Chri$py (@Chrispy1glover) February 19, 2019
So supposedly a zombie apocalypse actually might happen and it’s due to some strange deer disease. If this is real then I definitely know how to survive. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏— Redbeast Gaming (@RedbeastG) February 19, 2019
Again, chronic wasting disease has not yet been confirmed in humans. Stay tuned for updates and more information.