Zombie Deer Disease Confirmed In Another State

It is no secret that in the United States and in the world at large over the last several decades and the better part of the last two centuries, medical advancements have been made that have drastically improved the quality of life for humanity. People today are living longer than they ever have before- food is abundant, medicines easily accessible (at least in the western and developed worlds), and most ordinary people are enjoyed a stronger, safer, and healthier quality of life than they have ever previously enjoyed. Indeed, many ancestors and individuals that may have lived decades or centuries prior could not fathom the technological and medicinal advancements that have been made in recent memory.

Despite these medical developments, diseases remain perplexing and deadly, and no living being can escape death. In the United States, a mystery illness has affected canines in many states. This unknown illness is a respiratory sickness which is known to have affected dogs in Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire. Thus far it has resulted in the deaths of several dogs, but because there is no current definition of the disease or any way to definitively test for it that exact number is unknown. Symptoms include eye discharge, sneezing, and lethargy. Some cases can progress very quickly and become like pneumonia, seriously hurting the animals in a 24 to 36 hour period.

In Antietam park in Maryland, the first recorded cases of a “zombie” deer disease were recorded when two white tail deer were reported as infected. There is no known cure for the disease, which has been spreading rapidly. The disease can remain dormant for a considerable period of time and the physical effects of it may not become known or evident until well after the disease has progressed to the point that death is certain. This has allowed many of these deer to infect other deer’s in their vicinity and even miles away.