Iowa Department of Natural Resources to discuss "Zombie Deer Disease"

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is set to hold a meeting Monday in Peosta to discuss the fight against Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a deadly disease that affects the brains and spinal cords of deer, elk and moose.

It also goes by the name of zombie deer disease in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about it earlier this year in several states, including Iowa.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Peosta Community Center.

CWD is in the same family as the human form of "mad cow disease."

Symptoms of CWD in animals include stumbling, lack of coordination, listlessness, drooling, excessive thirst or urination, drooping ears, aggression, lack of fear of people and drastic weight loss.

It spreads directly by animal-to-animal contact and indirectly through contaminated water and food.

There have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people, according to officials.