Zombified deer populations have become more common in California and are now a threat to many other wildlife, according to a new report.
According to a report released Monday, Zombie Deer Disease (ZPD) is a rare disease that is causing widespread, localized damage to wildlife in California, with many animals losing their legs, teeth, ears and other vital organs.
The state is now dealing with a massive outbreak of the disease, which has killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 6,000 others.
Many wildlife experts are warning that ZPD is also linked to other deadly and unusual diseases like dengue fever, and other emerging threats like climate change.
“The problem is it’s the first time we have ever seen this number of people affected in California.
It’s not something that’s been a threat in the past, but it’s definitely a threat,” Benjamin G. Haney, the lead author of the study published by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told Business Insider.
Haney and his team have been tracking the outbreak for months, and they are working with wildlife managers, law enforcement, and farmers to develop ways to help the state fight ZPD.
While ZPD causes no deaths, it can cause severe damage to livestock, including causing problems with water systems and soil, and is also known to spread to humans and other wildlife.
ZPD is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which was introduced into California in the mid-1990s.
People with the disease usually have no symptoms, and it typically affects people in their late 20s and early 30s, according the California department of health.
“It’s the only disease that can spread from person to person and it’s pretty easy to get,” Haney said.
“It can also spread to people who don’t have the disease.”
The new report, which is published by The New England Journal of Medicine, estimates that more than 80 percent of California’s deer herds are affected by ZPD and is impacting up to 10 percent of the state’s population.
California is now in the midst of an unprecedented outbreak of ZPD, which can be deadly to wildlife and people alike.
Haney, who is also the director of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, told Business Insider that ZDP is likely linked to many new diseases, including dengui, which spread through the air, and dengus, which are emerging in the United States.
According to the report, “the risk for a denguitome outbreak is similar to the risk for dengutis,” a disease caused by a different bacterium.
Hahnay added that he’s already seen evidence that ZPd has affected California’s livestock and that the outbreak is “getting out of hand.”
California has been hit hard by the disease and is now experiencing the most severe outbreak since the pandemic of 1918.
Since late October, more than 1,000 cases of ZPpd have been reported in California alone, with at least 400 of those deaths.
It’s not clear how many people have died from ZPD in California as of Friday, but the number is likely much higher, according Hahnary.
There is no known cure for ZPD or how to prevent it.
Hanes says that, unlike denguis, ZPpd is “non-transmissible” and that “the only thing we know is to treat people for ZPb.”
Hahnay told Business Insiders that it’s important to get the word out to the public, as there are “huge economic losses” caused by ZP and that it has caused a lot of stress for many people.
“We’re in the middle of a very challenging period in terms of the cost of food and shelter, so I think we need to make sure we’re communicating with the public and making sure that there are things that can be done to help mitigate the impact of the pandemics, including the spread of ZBd,” Hahnery said.
Hane said he hopes that the next few weeks will see a lot more people being treated and more resources being put into combating ZPD because it has “a lot of potential to cause serious damage to the agricultural system in California.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not currently monitoring ZPD cases.
But it’s possible that a few outbreaks could spread to other states as well.
In the past few weeks, several states have announced plans to ban the sale and use of zebra mussels, a species native to California.