Experts are warning the public that the deadly "zombie" disease affecting deer in 24 states as well as two Canadian provinces may eventually spread to humans, according to Fox 59.
Our source spoke with expert Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, who says that human cases will likely be “documented in the years ahead.”
It's known as "chronic wasting disease," originating from a family of rare neurodegenerative disorders that can affect both humans and animals, the CDC says.
They say symptoms include drastic weight loss (known as wasting), stumbling, listlessness. It may take over a year before animals display these symptoms.
The disease has been documented in the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to the CDC.
Read more below about prevention from the CDC's website: