New Mexico is one of the states with Otero, Socorro and Dona Ana counties reporting the disease in deer.
"It's not something new. It has actually been around for a while. The real name is chronic wasting disease," said the vet. Daniel Levenson.
He said it is a nervous system disease that mostly infects deer and elk. Some reports of affected elk have begun to be seen.
"They are wobbly. Ataxic. But mostly behavior changes. They can get seizures and then it is always fatal when the symptoms start to appear," says Dr. Levenson.
He said the reports in southern New Mexico are of a small deer of deer. The first reported case of CWD in New Mexico was 20 years ago, according to Dr. Levenson.
There is no cure or treatment for CWD. The only known way to stop the fear is to hunt infected animals.
Dr. Levenson says it's probably not possible to get rid of it completely.
"Until now, cases that are contagious to humans have not been reported, but it is a very slow disease and it may appear years from now."
All meat hunters who gather may tested for CWD by New Mexico Game and Fish. People should not touch or eat the brain, spinal cord, spleen or lymph nodes of a deer that they think might be infected.
Dr. Levenson advises people not to eat any deer meat just to be on the safe side. He does not believe that people should be concerned about the disease. New Mexico reports cases of Zombie Deer Disease & # 39;