By Ethan Covey

A new report highlights the risk posed to deer hunters, especially those who live or hunt in Michigan, of pulmonary tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium bovis bacteria.

Although the risk for exposure is rare, epidemiologists have noted that deer populations in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan have far higher rates of M. bovis infection than other areas (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68[37]:807-808).