M. bovis tuberculosis

Five Michigan DNR workers contracted tuberculosis, likely from testing deer, The Bridge, March 2020 Five workers at Michigan’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory have been diagnosed with tuberculosis as the lab struggled to test thousands of deer for chronic wasting disease.
The Department of Natural Resources confirmed the TB cases in response to inquiries from Bridge Magazine this week. The infected workers have undergone several months of antibiotic treatment, and hundreds of other DNR employees were offered testing.
The outbreak, the first of its kind at the 10-person lab, was diagnosed last summer. Workers at the lab were conducting tests on thousands of deer in search of chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis, which is commonly found in cattle but also in deer and other animals.

Michigan hunters warned about catching tuberculosis from deer, Detroit Free Press, Oct 1, 2019The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an advisory, warning that it is possible to catch a form of tuberculosis when field-dressing infected deer. It’s called M. bovis tuberculosis, and it’s a form of the disease found mostly in cattle, elk and deer.
In Michigan, the deer in a four-county region of the northern Lower Peninsula: Alcona, Montmorency, Oscoda and Alpena are most likely to carry the infection. A small percentage of white-tailed deer from other parts of the state also have been found to carry the disease.

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