Hunters beware, deer could put you at risk for Brucellosis disease

The Centers for Disease Control just put out a warning about a disease spread through some wildlife that live here in North Alabama.

The CDC says some animals are putting hunters at risk for Brucellosis which is a disease that can cause severe illness if a person comes in contact with infected animals or contaminated animal products.

Deer can carry Brucellosis as can wild hogs. Dogs used for hunting wild game are also at risk for Brucellosis.

A person can get sick if blood, fluid or tissue from an infected animal comes in contact with his or her eyes, nose, mouth or skin.

How to protect yourself

  • Use clean, sharp knives for field dressing and butchering
  • Wear protective eye gear and gloves
  • Avoid direct contact with hunting dogs
  • Thoroughly cook meat from any animal
  • Clean all tools and reusable gloves with disinfectant

Some symptoms include fever, chills, sweating, joint and muscle pain. It can take anywhere from a week up to a month after coming in contact with an infected animal for a person to start feeling sick. If you feel any of these symptoms, make sure you make an appointment with your doctor right away.

People rarely die of brucellosis, but, it can cause serious problems in a person's joints, heart or bones.