The diseases associated with deer include Q fever, chlamydiosis, leptospirosis, campylobacterosis, salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis, and giardiasis.
Can CWD affect humans?
No cases of CWD have been reported in humans, but studies have shown it can be transmitted to animals other than deer, including primates, according to the CDC. For humans, eating infected deer meat would be the most likely way for it to spread to people, the CDC says.
Can humans get sick from eating deer with CWD?
There is currently no scientific evidence that CWD has or can spread to humans, either through contact with infected animals or by eating meat of infected animals. In addition, hunters should take certain precautions when field dressing and processing deer or elk taken in areas where CWD is found.
How can you tell if a deer has a disease?
How can you tell if a deer has CWD? Symptoms of infected animals include emaciation, excessive salivation, lack of muscle coordination, difficulty in swallowing, excessive thirst, and excessive urination. Subtle behavioral changes like loss of fear of humans or other abnormal behavior are often the first signs noticed.