Michigan warns hunters to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis in deer

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Michigan government officials are cautioning hunters to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis in deer.

The state department of natural resources on its website shared a photo of what an infected deer's rib cage looks like:

WSMH reports tuberculosis is a serious disease caused by bacteria that attack the respiratory system of animals and people. There are several types of TB, but bovine tuberculosis can infect the widest variety of animals. 

Michigan wildlife veterinarian Kelly Straka says Michigan is the only state in the nation that has bTB established in wild deer.

Bovine TB is spread primarily through coughing, sneezing and exchanging saliva. Food contaminated by saliva from an infected animal can spread the disease as well. 

Officials say the disease was also recently was confirmed in a large beef herd in Alcona County, Michigan.

No cases in Kansas have been reported. Click here for information from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourismon deer hunting seasons.