CDC Study Finds Deer Can Transmit Tuberculosis To Humans
This hunting season, the CDC is warning hunters to be careful when field dressing deer. A study recently done has shown that deer can spread the bacteria which causes TB in humans.
They are urging hunters to wear protective gear when field-dressing deer. The bacteria is believed to be inhaled when hunters are removing the portions of the deer that are diseased.
According to this article from ABC7, the precautions are pretty simple. Be careful when handling uncooked meat, and be sure to wear gloves. Also, be on the lookout for meat that looks like there is an abscess on it.
While cases of TB being transmitted to humans by deer and other animals is rare, it is certainly possible, and enough of a concern that the CDC has felt it necessary to warn us of the potential for it happening.
Be safe out there this season, and good luck bagging the big one.