The Department of Food of Finland (Evira) said that the tests taken from elk found that the forest animal had a debilitating disease. Prior to this, the CWD virus was found in North America and Norway. The results of the analysis conducted by the Food Department of Finland were confirmed by the EU laboratory. The disease, which already killed hundreds of wild animals around the world, is officially known as chronic wasting disease (CWD) and was first discovered in 1967. The name “zombie virus” disease was obtained after depleted and disorientated deer were seen in Fort Collins, Colorado. A dangerous virus infects deer, roe deer and moose. This infectious neurological disease causes degeneration of the brain, leads to exhaustion, peculiar behavior, loss of body functions and ultimately death. Researchers noted that the symptoms of the disease can occur within two years. There is a risk of infection among people who could eat meat from sick animals.