The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a so-called "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk and elk.
Since January, 24 states have reported cases of chronic wasting disease, according to the CDC. This includes a case reported in Oneida County since 2005.
"CWD" is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms include weight loss, stumbling and listlessness.
While other areas of the country have seen more recent cases of "CWD", the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York told CNYCentral that after the 2005 case in Central New York, they
Zombie Deer Disease, "aka Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), has not been found in New York since 2005. The State of New York has successfully stopped the CWD from spreading in the state with a rapid response plan.The DEC has vigorous and there has been no movement of CWD in New York with regulations prohibiting imports of any carrier.New York has a risk-based surveillance program to test deer throughout the state each year, as well as regulations that limit the import of parts of deer infected by known CWD states and provinces The DEC of the State and the Department of Agriculture have also adopted a CWD risk minimization plan that prescribes a series of other actions to prevent the CWD enters the state
DEC has also created a wildlife health program in response to CWD cases and has brought a lot of new protocols on the management of wildlife health in New York. Any deer that looks suspiciously sick, DEC will take and test, according to a department spokesman.
For more information on the state of CWD in the State of New York, on the efforts of chronology and surveillance CLICK HERE.
The CDC said the disease was also found in deer and elk. Experts warn against the consumption of infected venison.