ATLANTA (CBS) – The Centers for Disease Control has a warning for deer hunters about tuberculosis. A report shared by the agency this month detailed how a man is believed to have contracted the disease in 2017 after dressing a deer.
The 77-year-old from Michigan had no known exposure to anyone with tuberculosis, but he had been regularly hunting and field-dressing deer for the past 20 years. There were also two hunting-related tuberculosis infections in the state in 2002 and 2004.READ MORE: 3 People Rescued From Rip Currents At Salisbury Beach; DCR Issues Warning
Tests showed that the 77-year-old 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.
Now the CDC is telling hunters to “use personal protective equipment while field-dressing deer.”
DYK? Deer with #tuberculosis (TB) disease can transmit the bacteria to people. To prevent exposure, hunters are encouraged to use personal protective equipment while field-dressing #deer. Learn more in the latest Notes from the Field: https://t.co/ubaeDmfpM8. pic.twitter.com/LtmJvT5ttRREAD MORE: Worcester Unveils Statue Of Celtics Legend Bob Cousy
— CDC (@CDCgov) September 23, 2019
Deer-hunting season is getting underway in many parts of the country.MORE NEWS: Boston Marks Juneteenth With Celebration In Nubian Square
In Massachusetts, youth deer hunt day is set for Saturday. Archery season begins Oct. 7, and shotgun season starts in December.