CDC: Deer infected with tuberculosis could spread bacteria to people

Published: Sep. 26, 2019 at 2:15 PM CDT
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning hunters to take additional precautions after discovering deer with tuberculous can potentially transmit bacteria to humans.

a report last month that detailed how a man is believed to have contracted the disease in 2017 after dressing a deer. The 77-year-old from Michigan was a regular hunter and field-dressed deer for the past 20 years.

According to lab tests, the man was exposed to mycobacterium bovis, which is found in deer, cattle, bison and elk. It’s believed that the bacteria can be inhaled while the deer is field-dressed.

The CDC said two other cases in Michigan in 2002 and 2004 were also linked to hunters who had apparently contracted it from deer while field-dressing them.

The CDC is advising hunters to “use personal protective equipment while field-dressing deer.”