Feral swine hunters : protect yourself from Brucellosis
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Department of Agriculture. ;
Description:Wear protective gear while hunting and butchering -- Avoid direct contact with feral swine -- Use safe field dressing methods -- cook your meat thoroughly and follow food safety tips.
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can spread to humans after contact with infected hog’s blood, body fluids, or tissues (such as meat, testicles, liver, and other organs). Infections can cause fever, headaches, chills, weight loss, and joint/muscle pain. If the illness is not diagnosed and treated quickly, you could have serious problems in your bones, joints, or heart.
If you get sick with a flu-like illness within 1 week to 6 months after contact with feral swine, tell your doctor about your hunt. Testing and treatment for brucellosis are available!
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