CDC Warning: Humans Could Contract Tuberculosis From Deer

Serious hunters who are out on the field looking for that price buck, here’s a little heads-up: You can potentially contract tuberculosis if you come across a deer that’s infected by the disease so it’s best to be careful lest you want to get sick.

The warning, which was announced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, follows the case of a 77-year-old man from Michigan who contracted the aforementioned condition back in the year 2017 after getting exposed to Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), which as you guessed, is commonly found in animals like deer, cattle, bison and elk. Per the report released by the CDC, the man apparently contracted the mycobacterium while he was removing the intestines of his catch.

Back in 2002 and 2004, there was also a case of two other hunters who contracted the same disease in the same area.

TB Bacteria

Per experts, the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis can easily live in the body of a person without affecting him/her. However, the problems as well as the condition’s symptoms start appearing after the bacteria starts becoming active, causing pain in the chest, night sweats, bad cough and even coughing up blood. At this point, infected people will then be diagnosed with the disease.

The bacteria usually attack the lungs but can also damage other parts of the body, such as the kidney, spine and even the brain. If not treated properly and immediately, the disease can be very fatal especially if it’s in its later stages.

According to lab tests, the man was likely exposed to a strain of M. bovis at some point while he’s on his hunting trips. However, it wasn’t until 2017 when the mycobacterium got reactivated and started infecting him with the actual tuberculosis. The man had apparently been hunting deer in the area for around two decades now.

Despite this, the federal health agency still states that contracting tuberculosis via infection from a deer that has it is still rare and accounts for no more than two percent of all the recorded cases in the U.S.

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