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US health authorities are warning that 'zombie deer disease' is spreading — and some fear it could start infecting humans

State officials in Minnesota say they are having a hard time fighting the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). A deer with the illness, also known as "zombie deer disease," was recently found in Mississippi. CWD, which is spread by misfolded proteins known as prions, hasn't been known to infect people. But researchers have warned that it could. A strange illness called chronic wasting disease — or "zombie deer disease" — is on the move, with officials in several US states issuing warnings.
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