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Looks Bad

Commonly infected wildlife

Any Mammal

Is this animal infected?

  • Yellow or reddish clear fluid under skin or within muscle
  • Can be large (football-sized), and contain more than a gallon of fluid
    • Often present between front legs
    • Can cause animal difficulty in moving
    • Affected animals may be easier prey


Can I get it?


  • Seromas are NOT infectious

How bad can it get?

No Risk

No risk to humans

Protect myself and others

  • Trim away affected tissue – it is unappetizing and should not be eaten
    • Once affected tissue has been trimmed away, the meat can be cooked and eaten
    • Any meat surrounding a seroma is safe to eat
  • Alwayspractice good hygiene by washing hands after handling any wild animal
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Symptoms in humans

  • None – people are not at risk
  • The fluid inside a seroma is not dangerous to human health

Safe for pets?

Yes - After trimming away affected tissue

Safe for pets

What causes it?

  • Localized soft-tissue injury
    • Not caused by an infection
    • Does not contain pus
  • Fluid (blood serum) seeps from tiny ruptured blood vessels in injured areas
    • Fluid accumulates, often under the skin, and drains away after some time