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Zombie deer and the species barrier. Should humans worry about it?

  • Joseph V. Pergolizzi1
  • Giustino Varrassi2
  • Jo Ann LeQuang1

1NEMA Research, Inc., Naples, Florida, United States of America

2Paolo Procacci Foundation, via Tacito 7, 00193 Roma, Italy

DOI: 10.22514/sv.2020.16.0092 Vol.17,Issue 1,January 2021 pp.198-199

Published: 08 January 2021

*Corresponding Author(s): Jo Ann LeQuang E-mail:


This commentary reports of a deer chronic disease (chronic wasting disease - CWD), which might be transmitted to humans. It is due to a prion infection, similar to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). At the moment, it is not known if the disease may be transmitted to humans. That is why all of us should be aware of the disease, and more careful while consuming deer meat.


Chronic wasting disease (CWD); transmissible diseases; prions; spongiform en-cephalopathy

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Joseph V. Pergolizzi,Giustino Varrassi,Jo Ann LeQuang. Zombie deer and the species barrier. Should humans worry about it?. SignaVitae. 2021. 17(1);198-199.


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