Commonly infected wildlife
Is this animal infected?
- Affected birds have cream-colored cysts longer than they are wide in breast, heart and leg muscle
- Cysts resemble rice grains and can be 1/4" long
- Cysts feel gritty when cut with a knife
Can I get it?
How bad can it get?
No known risk to humans
Protect myself and others
- Scientists recommend that people and pets do not eat heavily infected meat
- Heavily-infected carcasses are unappetizing
- Parasites can be killed by cooking
Symptoms in humans
- No known risk to humans
Safe for pets?
- Not Raw!
- Carnivores shed eggs in their feces, which then become infectious to birds
- Pets may play a role in transmission of sarcocystis to birds
What causes it?
- Protozoan parasite called Sarcocystis rileyi
- Sarcocystis is found around the world in many types of animals, including deer, moose, elk and domestic livestock