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Deer added to growing list of animals that can carry, transmit COVID-19

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With rifle deer season simply across the nook, wildlife consultants need hunters to remember that animals can carry COVID-19.But there are methods hunters can defend themselves within the midst of the pandemic whereas within the nice outside.“It’s turning out that a lot of wildlife and domestic animals are able to be a carrier for COVID-19,” stated Dwayne Elmore, a wildlife extension specialist with Oklahoma State University.>>Related: OKC Zoo administers animal-approved COVID-19 vaccine to choose speciesElmore stated latest analysis suggests deer can carry COVID-19 and transmit it to people.“That is not really that surprising because other coronaviruses have worked that way in the past,” he stated. “People don’t need to be really, overly alarmed about this because we’ve already known that it’s in dogs and cats and ferrets, primates and a lot of other animals. This is just one more that we’ve added to the list.”Elmore stated folks shouldn’t be involved within the brief time period. But, he stated, “It’s going to be even less likely that we’re ever able to be rid of this disease because it’s going to be harbored in so many other animals.”So for those who’re deer looking this season, be aware of the place you’re dealing with the animal.“The likely way you’re going to come in contact is if an animal or human is respiring in your presence. So an animal that’s been harvested, you know, that’s not happening. Obviously, there’s still a potential that you could come in contact with the virus, like on your hands, if you put your hand around the mouth of the deer and then you touched your face. So that’s an easy one to avoid. Just wear gloves when you’re handling wild game. We should do that anyway,” he stated.“The risk to a hunter or someone from harvesting an animal is extremely low. And when you cook the meat, most of the viruses are in the respiratory tract,” however cooking the animal kills the virus.Bottom line: “If people are worried about it, get vaccinated,” he stated.

With rifle deer season simply across the nook, wildlife consultants need hunters to remember that animals can carry COVID-19.