Commonly infected wildlife
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?
- The cysts contain juvenile worms that do NOT infect people
How bad can it get?
No risk to humans
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
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