Hydatid disease is caused by the larva of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. Found in local deer lungs Nov. 6, 2012 (Mississippi Mills). The hunter was cleaning the deer and noted some grey fluid filled lumps the size of toonies in the lung tissue. Photo supplied by hunter.
The big important facts to take away from this are:
1. The deer is a carrier of this tapeworm and it is creating cysts in the lung tissue.
2. The meat of the carcass is acceptable to process and eat as normal for human consumption.
3. The organs should be buried or burnt as not to be eaten by dogs or other local wild life.
Feces from infected dogs or other canine wildlife are carrying the eggs and are very infectious to humans. They can create cysts that are almost always life threatening in many organs of the body that can only be cured by surgery if found in time.
This species of tapeworm is more common in moose and elk, but has made it’s way into the deer population.
Prevention of exposure: Deworm your dogs regularly, every 3 months minimum with a wormer that treats tapeworm. Ensure feces is picked up from yards regularly and safely. For more information click on the following link.