Is this animal infected?
- Wild animals rarely show signs of disease
- Always assume mountain lion and bear meat is infected
Can I get it?
- 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?
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
Symptoms in humans
- Variable, but may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach pain
- 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 Raw - Cook first
What causes it?
- A roundworm called Trichinella found in muscles of infected animals