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Trichinosis

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Caution

Commonly infected wildlife

Bears

Mountain Lion

 

Is this animal infected?

  • Wild animals rarely show signs of disease
  • Always assume mountain lion and bear meat is infected

Trichinosis

Can I get it?

Yes

  • By eating undercooked mountain lion or bear meat infected with the Trichinella worm
  • You cannot get it from an infected person

How bad can it get?

Danger
No symptoms or mild symptoms most common; can be fatal

Protect myself and others

  • DO NOT EAT RAW MEAT
  • Kill the worms!
    • Cook meat thoroughly
    • Heat to at least to 165°F
  • Worms are not killed by smoking, microwaving, freezing, curing or drying

Cook
165 °F

 

Symptoms in humans

  • Variable, but may include:
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Stomach pain
    • Fatigue
    • Aching joints
    • Eye swelling
    • Muscle pain
  • May be FATAL if worms interfere with the heart, diaphragm, lungs or brain
  • Consult with your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms for up to eight weeks after eating mountain lion or wild bear meat

Safe for pets?

Not safe for pets

Not Raw - Cook first

 

What causes it?

  • A roundworm called Trichinella found in muscles of infected animals