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Wild Hogs and Diseases

What are your thoughts about eating wild hog in regards to diseases they may carry?

"Feral hogs can carry a number of diseases, the most common being pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. Of these two diseases, swine brucellosis warrants particular concern because an infected hog can transmit the disease to humans."

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Scott Hall

Scott Hall

Wild hog is safe for consumption as long as a few safety precautions are observed. First of all, when dressing the hog, always be aware that hogs can carry pseudorabies (which is not contagious to humans but is to other animals) so be careful to not allow any dogs you may be using to hunt the hogs, to get bitten by the hog or they may contract the disease. The next concern is brucellosis. This disease can be transmitted from hog to human but if proper field dressing methods are used this should not be a problem. When dressing the hog, do not come into any contact with the bodily fluids of the hog, as brucellosis can be spread in this manner. Use rubber gloves when field dressing or cleaning the hog and always destroy them or discard them after dressing is completed. Anthrax can also be spread to humans by wild hogs that have gotten it from the type soil they dig in. Tularemia can also be spread from wild hogs to humans. This happens when the hog eats a contaminated carcass of another animal that has the disease then that hog is consumed by humans. Finally one very important safety factor to keep in mind when consuming wild hog meat is to make sure all meat is cooked THOROUGHLY because eating raw or undercooked pork can lead to the eater contracting tularemia or brucellosis from uncooked or undercooked meat.
Laura Carter

Laura Carter

I eat it. Still standing.
Larry Landers II

Larry Landers II

As long as it's cooked well there is no risk of any type of infection. I do this with domestic pork as well!
aaron campbell

aaron campbell

eat it its good for you :)
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