Tuberculosis warning after deer hunter contracts deadly infection

American disease control is warning deer hunters they are at risk of contracting deadly tuberculosis.

It comes after a 77-year-old man in Michigan contracted the disease, one of the world's most dangerous, while handling infected deer carcasses.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now warning all hunters of the risks after lab tests found the man had "mycobacterium bovis", a bacteria found in deer, cattle, bison, and elk which can be spread to humans and cause TB.

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Meanwhile two other cases in the state have also been linked to field-dressing deer carcasses as doctors speculate bacteria was inhaled during the removal of diseased portions of flesh.

Hunters preparing for deer season this autumn are being asked to wear protective gear, with hunters in Michigan who have submit deer heads which tested positive most at risk.

Wildlife vet Dan Grove told FOX 17 News : "If it looks like there is an abscess in a piece of meat then you want to avoid it.

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"You always want to be cautious handling meat until you cook it and take basic precautions like wearing gloves.

"Sometimes everything looks good but you might get into dressing the animal and see something."

So far Michigan and Minnesota are the only states where TB has been found in cattle and deer populations, but the risk of TB is a longstanding concern for health authorities.

The general public are most common inflected with M. bovis by eating or drinking contaminated, unpasteurised dairy products.

Latests figured from CDC say 9,105 TB cases were reported in the United States in 2017.

Almost two million die from the condition each year, caused by a bacteria that targets the lungs, resulting in chest pains, a bloody cough, weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats.

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At the beginning of the 19th Century TB killed one out of every seven people living in the United States and Europe.

But through vaccination programs, public clinics and better prevention education, cases declined sharply.

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