Yes, you heard rightly, a Zombie-dear it may sound something related to the movie, but wildlife regulators said they are real and are trying to keep them out of Nevada. States reporting animals with such disease include Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming.
This is related to an animal contracted to chronic disease, which is a highly contagious and terminal disorder that causes symptoms such as lack of human fear, lethargy, and emaciation, it can destroy deer and elk population.
Officials are monitoring elk and deer with Utah for signs of sickness at the state line and testing dead animals, Peregrine Wolff, a Nevada Department of Wildlife veterinarian, said.
A law was passed this year by Nevada legislators to keep parts of certain carcasses out of state in an attempt to stop the spread of disease.
The disease is transmitted by prions-protein particles which are linked to brain disease, this is no way related to viral or bacterial infection, and brain diseases include Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease in humans and mad cow disease in cattle. Prion disease damages brain tissues and causes abnormal behavior which is not curable.
The first symptom is thought to be in 16 months after getting exposed to disease according to the study posted by the Center for Food Security and Public Health, they have raised of chronic disease concern in humans.
Wolff said finding just one is rare because the disease is so contagious and it remains in the environment for years.
This year Nevada lawmakers banned bringing certain animal body parts into the state, including the spinal cord and the brain that can contain a large number of prions.
J.J. Goicoechea, a state Department of Agriculture veterinarian, told lawmakers that officials fear the spread of the disease into Nebraska, Utah, Idaho, and Nevada.
Wolff said efforts to decrease risk probably won’t stop the disease at the Nevada state line. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” she said. “We know that we can’t wrap Nevada in a bubble.”