DEC: 'Zombie deer disease' has not been found in New York state since 2005

DEC: 'Zombie deer disease' has not been found in New York state since 2005 Photo: EPA.

February 20, 2019 07:46 AM



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In response to News10NBC's story “Case of 'zombie deer disease' confirmed in New York state,” the DEC issued the following statement:

"'Zombie Deer Disease,' aka Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), has not been found in New York since 2005. New York State successfully stopped CWD from spreading in the state with a rapid response plan.  DEC has vigorous controls and there has been no movement of CWD into New York with regulations prohibiting importations of any carriers.   New York has a risk-based surveillance program to test deer statewide annually, as well as regulations restricting importation of infectious deer parts from known CWD states and provinces.  State DEC and Department of Agriculture have further adopted a CWD Risk Minimization plan which prescribes a number of other actions to prevent CWD from entering the state or spreading should it be currently undetected." 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about "zombie deer disease" that affects deer, elk, and moose.

As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), according to the CDC, including a reported case in Oneida County.

It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness, and other neurologic symptoms. It is fatal to animals and there are no treatments or vaccines. 

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, the CDC has warned the public to test venison or elk meat for CWD before eating it from areas with documented infections.

Click here for more information on CWD.


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