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Tuberculosis

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Caution

Commonly infected wildlife

Cattle

Bison

Cervids

Birds

 

Is this animal infected?

  • This is a rare, slowly progressing disease
  • Infected animals may have no signs or be in poor body condition
  • Small, multiple, round, gritty lumps in lymph nodes and on lungs and rib cage are typical

Tuberculosis

Can I get it?

Yes

  • Inhaling bacteria from open wounds, fluids from the mouth and nose, or feces of an infected animal
  • Directly through breaks in the skin (rare)

How bad can it get?

danger
Gets worse with time; fatal if untreated

Protect myself and others

Wear a Mask

Wash Hands

 

Symptoms in humans

  • Depending on where lesions are located:
    • Lungs – Prolonged illness with fever, cough, night sweats, weight loss; Occasionally will cough up blood
    • Intestines – Stomach pain, diarrhea
  • Symptoms get worse with time
  • Untreated disease can be FATAL, seek medical attention
  • Immunosuppressed people are at a higher risk

Safe for pets?

Not safe for pets

No

 

What causes it?

  • Bacteria called Mycobacterium bovis in cattle, elk and deer and Mycobacterium avium in birds