Workers in Michigan wildlife disease lab contracted TB

Michigan Wildlife Disease Laboratory workers were believed to be infected with tuberculosis after processing white-tailed deer that had the disease. ©James Marvin Phelps

Five workers at Michigan’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory were diagnosed with tuberculosis after likely contracting the disease from white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with bovine tuberculosis. The state Department of Natural Resources told Bridge Magazine that the workers have undergone several months of antibiotic treatment after the outbreak was discovered in the lab last summer. Workers were testing thousands of deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine TB. Officials speculate the large volume of animals may have resulted in “human errors” that resulted in the infections.

Read more in Bridge Magazine.