Deer disease may some day infect people, expert warns, Great Lakes Echo, April 1, 2019
In 2005, about 200 people ate ‘zombie’ deer meat. Here’s what happened, USA Today, Feb 21, 2019
Because little was known about what happens to people who eat infected meat, the Oneida County Health Department monitored the group’s health through a surveillance project. About 80 people who ate the venison agreed to participate.
In a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Public Health, researchers found the group had “no significant changes in health conditions.” They did report eating less venison after the whole ordeal. Otherwise, observed conditions, including vision loss, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight changes, hypertension and arthritis, were credited to old age.
Experts Warn Fatal ‘Zombie’ Deer Disease Could Spread To Humans, HuffPost, Feb 12, 2019
The disease, which can take years for symptoms to appear after infection, is believed to spread through bodily fluids like feces, saliva, blood, or urine, by both direct and indirect contact in the environment. There are no treatments or vaccines.