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Moose Measles

Moose Measles

Diseased animal

Can I still use the animal Yes - Just doesn't look nice
Commonly infected wildlife Cervide, Canines, Bears, Mountion Lions, Bighorn Sheep
Is this animal infected
  • Adult worms live and grow in the intestines of infected carnivores
  • Infected herbivores will have small white cysts, usually in muscle and connective tissue
  • Animal may have few or many cysts
Can I get it No
  • The cysts contain juvenile worms that do NOT infect people
How bad can it get

No risk to humans
How can I protect myself and others
  • The meat of infected animals can be eaten
  • Cysts can be trimmed out or killed by:
    • Normal cooking temperatures or freezing
  • Cysts can look unappetizing
    • Affected meat may be more acceptable if processed as ground meat
Symptoms in humans
  • None – people are not at risk
Is it safe for pets


  • Cysts in fresh, unfrozen meat can infect pet dogs
  • Freeze meat to kill cysts
What causes it
  • The tapeworm Taenia ovis krabbei