With the feral hog population at an all time high and expanding on a daily basis, deer hunters across the country, especially throughout the South, are likely to encounter feral hogs. As the population has grown so has the necessity to control populations through hunting or other means.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources just posted a press release warning hunters of the potential for contracting illnesses such as Swine Brucellosis from the feral hog.
According to the press release “Swine Brucellosis is caused by the bacterium Brucella suis. Humans can get swine brucellosis through handling infected tissues of wild pigs. Brucellosis bacteria is found in bodily fluids, concentrating in reproductive organs and milk. The bacteria can enter the human body through cuts, nicks, abrasions or other breaks in the skin.”
The Alabama Department of Conservation urges hunters to use caution and wear thick rubber gloves while field dressing hogs. Hunters should also thoroughly wash their hands after they are finished field dressing.
Swine Brucellosis does not affect the edibility of the meat but as with all pork it should be cooked thoroughly.
Read the complete Press Release Here