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Parasites and Diseases
A Field Guide
TO COMMON WILDLIFE DISEASES
AND PARASITES IN ALASKA
|What causes abscesses?|
- An abscess is a pocket of pus in an animal’s tissue. It is usually caused when a wound becomes infected.
|Where do abscesses occur?|
- They may occur in any species of animal.
- In Alaska, abscesses occur periodically in a variety of species.
|What are the signs of an abscess?|
- Animals usually appear healthy and may not show any signs of disease.
- Most abscesses are found while butchering.
- Abscesses can be found anywhere on or inside the body in muscle or other tissue.
- Usually, they are firm lumps of white fibrous tissue filled with thick white or green pus.
|How can I protect myself?|
- Be careful not to cut into an abscess. If this happens, pus can be spread and contaminate other parts of the carcass.
|Can I eat the meat?|
- Portions of meat containing abscesses should not be eaten.
- The rest of the carcass is suitable for human consumption.
|Samples to collect|