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News Diseased Zion Bighorn Sheep Could Infect Humans

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MrAdam, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. MrAdam

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    Hopefully there isnt a dead bighorn in Pine Creek this summer.....

    http://www.adventure-journal.com/2013/04/diseased-zion-bighorn-sheep-could-infect-humans/

    Diseased Zion Bighorn Sheep Could Infect Humans

    by steve casimiro on April 5, 2013 · 0 comments
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    [​IMG]Back…away…from the sheep. Not many visitors to Zion National Park in southern Utah are fortunate enough to see one of the area’s bighorn sheep, but they do, they should stay far, far away. A chicken pox-like disease is running rampant through the herds and could be transmitted to humans. “Contagious ecthyma,” also called sore mouth disease, is spread through direct contact. Mothers’ teats become inflamed and sheep of all ages get open wounds in their mouths. Although not fatal, there’s also no cure, and the virus just has to run its course.
    The risk to people is minimal, so long as they don’t touch any sheep (including carcasses), rub noses, or butt heads.
    “People should never be approaching wildlife at Zion National Park, so we do not expect to have any issues with visitors contracting this disease from the bighorn sheep,” said Jock Whitworth, superintendent of the park. Yeah, well, dude, what people should and shouldn’t do is never a hindrance to what they actually do do. You might want to order extra stocks of Cipro.
    Via Las Vegas Sun. Photo by Shutterstock
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