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About a dozen years ago I was researching Mad Cow Disease. I don’t remember why. If something interests me I’ll do a deep dive on it. In the course of my research I remember discovering a similar disease in deer. I didn’t see a lot of information on it. No one seemed to be freaking about it, so I wondered if it was all hype.

What interested me about both Mad Cow Disease and the deer version was its similarities to CJD.  Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is an infectious disease that causes the brain to degenerate. Mad Cow is thought to be caused by the same agent responsible for “Variable CJD.”

Although I haven’t heard much about the deer version, lo and behold it’s surfaced again. Now they’re calling it Chronic Wasting Disease or Zombie Deer Disease. I guess it just needed a catchy label. Who makes up these names?


The above is a link to the Daily Mail article on the disease.

Infected deer have been found in 26 states. There are fears that Zombie Deer Disease can cross the species barrier. “Officials are urging precaution to minimize any potential risks.” I haven’t the slightest idea what that means. I guess it would be a good idea to avoid questionable venison.

So, now to keep you up at night we’ve got both Mad Cow and Zombie Deer. It’s almost enough to make you a vegan. (Except that I do love burgers.)