Health experts warn hunters of the spread of COVID-19 among deer

Health officials said Wisconsin deer hunters should wear masks when they dress their deer in the field this year. Ongoing Coverage: Coronavirus in WisconsinThe state hunting season for gun deer opens Saturday and COVID-19 is still spreading, including in deer. That leads Wisconsin health officials to release new guidelines with the gun deer season starting this weekend. Hunters are told, “When handling and cleaning the corpse: wear rubber or disposable gloves. And wear a mask.” “There are just not many scenarios where I can imagine a man so close to a deer for breath droplets to spread?” WISN 12 News reporter Terry Sater asked, “You’re right. It’s surprising,” said the University of Wisconsin veterinarian and epidemiologist. Dr. Tony Goldberg. Goldberg said hunters should take a “better safe than sorry” approach after recent studies have shown COVID-19 spreading in deer. “SARS coronavirus 2 / COVID-19 is no longer just a human disease problem. It is now also an animal problem,” Goldberg said. Health experts said there is still no evidence that humans can get COVID-19 from deer. But as the disease continues to change in animals, they say it is not impossible. That’s why they encourage hunters to wear masks when in close contact with deer. “If I were a deer hunter, I would be cautious. And I would treat a deer-like person who is likely to be infected with COVID. , ”Goldberg said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is still much to learn about white-tailed deer and COVID-19. That includes that. risk, if any, of infected deer may present to humans. Sign up for WISN coronavirus email alerts. Get news with the WISN 12 app. Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Health officials said Wisconsin deer hunters should wear masks when they dress their deer in the field this year.

Ongoing Coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The hunting season of the state gun deer opens Saturday and COVID-19 is still spreading, including in deer.

That leads Visconi health officials to release new guides with the gun deer season starting this weekend.

Hunters are told, “When handling and cleaning the corpse: wear rubber or disposable gloves. And wear a mask.”

“There are just not many scenarios where I can imagine a man so close to a deer for breath droplets to spread?” WISN 12 News reporter Terry Sater asked.

“You’re right. It’s surprising,” said University of Wisconsin veterinarian and epidemiologist Dr. Tony Goldberg.

Goldberg said hunters should take a “better secure than sorry” approach after recent studies have shown COVID-19 spreading in deer.

“SARS coronavirus 2 / COVID-19 is no longer just a human disease problem. It is now also an animal problem,” Goldberg said.

Health experts said there is still no evidence that humans can get COVID-19 from deer. But as the disease continues to change in animals, they say it is not impossible. This is why they encourage hunters to wear masks when in close contact with deer.

“If I were a deer hunter, I would be cautious. And I would treat a deer-like person who is likely to be infected with COVID. So I could wear a mask and gloves, for example, when I was dressing a deer in the field,” Goldberg said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is still much to learn about white-tailed deer and COVID-19.

This includes what risk, if any, infected deer may present to humans.

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