Moose Parasite Could Pose Harm to Humans and Dogs

BANGOR - A new parasite found in Maine moose may be of concern to hunters and those working with wild game throughout the state.
Echinococcus granulosus is a small tapeworm that's larvae is being found in cysts in moose lungs.  It has a two-part life cycle, one of which is found in moose, and the other in coyotes and domestic dogs.  Since these cysts can be found in dogs, it can put humans at risk for exposure to the parasite.
Officials suggest wearing rubber gloves and thoroughly cooking any meat before eating, and protect your pets with regular veterinary visits and keeping them away from dead wild animals.
Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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