Deer can infect humans with a rare form of tuberculosis

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Deer can infect humans with a rare form of tuberculosis - and have already sickened one, CDC report warns A 77-year-old man from Michigan was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017 Tests showed he had been exposed to Mycobacterium bovis, a bacteria found in animals such as deer and elk that can cause tuberculosis in humans Doctors believe he inhaled the bacteria while field-dressing an infected deer 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:32 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 15:32 BST, 1 October 2019

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Deer can pass a rare form of tuberculosis to humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns.

According to a new report from the agency, a 77-year-old man from Michigan was diagnosed with the disease in 2017.

Doctors were stumped because the man had had no exposure to people with tuberculosis or countries where the infection is prevalent.

But after discovering that the man had been a hunter for 20 years, clinicians ran tests that showed he had been exposed to Mycobacterium bovis, a bacteria found in animals such as deer and elk that can spread to humans and cause tuberculosis. 

A 77-year-old man from Michigan was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017 after he reportedly inhaled the bacteria while field-dressing a deer, according to the CDC (file image)

A 77-year-old man from Michigan was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017 after he reportedly inhaled the bacteria while field-dressing a deer, according to the CDC (file image)

According to the report, doctors believe the man inhaled the bacteria while he was field-dressing a deer, which is when the organs are removed from the dead animal.  

He was treated and then released from the hospital. 

The CDC has also identified two other cases

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