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Old 11-09-2018, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Swine Brucellosis - Protect Yourself

I for one have never wore gloves while hunting or cleaning game. During my time with Wild Boar USA, there were many weeks where I was handling, scoring, and cleaning dead hogs almost daily. I love wild pork and shooting pigs and it makes up a decent part of our annual meat consumption each year. I wear enough latex gloves as a cop and just never saw the need as a hunter.


Last week I heard from an old friend of a friend who I hunted with a few times 10+ years ago. This guy was a very successful business owner, entrepreneur, and dedicated family man who was always either in the woods, or working hard at his business. Turns out he was cleaning a hog after a hunt and contracted swine brucellosis. He fell sick within the week and the bacteria spread to his organs and brain. It left him debilitated and almost killed him. He has had to shut down his business and is still not doing very well and will never be back to the man he was. It saddens me, but also embarrasses me that I'm cocky enough to take that chance with my family's future by not putting on a pair of gloves. Never again.

Just want to pass it on... It may save one of us from going through the hell that this guy has.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:34 AM   #2
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How sad! I need to use gloves bc I kill and clean alot of pigs.


Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:36 AM   #3
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I always wear gloves when cleaning wild game. Thanks for the PSA.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:47 AM   #4
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****..hate to hear. I'll continue to let the buzzards clean them for me.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:50 AM   #5
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I too am guilty of never wearing gloves thinking I won’t ever get anything. All changed when I became allergic to deer dander. now it’s palpation gloves, breathing mask, and goggles every time for me.

Thanks for the PSA, could really save someone.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:01 PM   #6
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buzzard and yote food, sorry about your friend.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:04 PM   #7
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Very sorry for your loss. On a side note you can also contract it by inhalation and eating the contaminated meat. The gloves are useful if you have a cut already or develop one while skinning/gutting
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:05 PM   #8
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I've never worn a pair of gloves. I think I might be putting in an order on amazon today.

What kind do you recommend?
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:10 PM   #9
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I've never worn a pair of gloves. I think I might be putting in an order on amazon today.

What kind do you recommend?


I really donít think it matters. I use powder free Nitrile ones.


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Old 11-09-2018, 12:11 PM   #10
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I get made fun of...

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Old 11-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #11
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I've never worn a pair of gloves. I think I might be putting in an order on amazon today.

What kind do you recommend?
I buy nitrile. They are sold by the thickness. Thinner are cheaper but tear easily. Don't cheap out.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:16 PM   #12
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Very good advice. I always wear gloves when handling dead pigs. Work gloves to drag/load/dump em and latex when we skin them.

** On a side note.... how do you score a pig? Length of teeth?
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:16 PM   #13
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Just ordered some gloves on Amazon. Been meaning to do it but after reading this went ahead and got with it. Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:26 PM   #14
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Last Spring it seemed like I was cleaning a pig every week. I came down with something that put me down for weeks. I ran fever for 12 days straight. The dr. tested me for brucellosis but suspected Trichinosis. Now I donít take chances. I wear gloves and make sure I cook any pork well done. For someone who never gets sick, it made me a believer for sure! Yíall be safe!


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Old 11-09-2018, 12:27 PM   #15
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You can usually find pretty good deals on gloves at Harbor Freight. .


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Old 11-09-2018, 12:54 PM   #16
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** On a side note.... how do you score a pig? Length of teeth?



http://wwtworldrecords.com/

http://wwtworldrecords.com/scoring-system/
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Old 11-09-2018, 01:01 PM   #17
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I get made fun of...



Címon Jeff, you think itís for the gloves... lol!!! I kid I kid!!


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Old 11-09-2018, 01:23 PM   #18
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Seems useful if you already have a cut, but they aren't knifeproof...
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #19
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I wear Tiger Paw gloves. I buy them off the Matco Tool Truck.that stops by the shop.

Guys give me a hard time. I ignore them the best I can
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:27 PM   #20
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i try to always wear gloves when cleaning game animals (minus birds). i don't always remember or have them available.
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:42 PM   #21
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****..hate to hear. I'll continue to let the buzzards clean them for me.
Agree 100%
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:46 PM   #22
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Thank you for the heads up, that's horrible what he's going through!
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:47 PM   #23
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Very interesting. Thanks !
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:47 PM   #24
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I always wear gloves when cleaning wild game..
Take off the gloves when done and have clean hands to drive back to camp
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:12 PM   #25
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YES!!

Always wear gloves because I don't like the blood or fat on my skin. Two years ago I learned to use a cut resistant glove, too!

I was cutting up a young hog and the knife slipped, slicing my thumb on my left hand (I'm right handed.) I was so worried about swine brucellosis, I went straight to the hospital. Guess what? Not only can they NOT test for it that soon, they cannot do anything about it until you test positive. If you test positive, there's no cure!

While my husband drove me home, I used my good hand to order cut resistant gloves from Amazon for $11 / pair. Get you some! I only wear it on my left hand, covered with a Nitril glove and it is well worth the insurance. Plus, those dern stitches cost me $500!
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:26 PM   #26
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I snagged several boxes of gloves when my fiancť and I were staying at the hospital when our daughter was born a few weeks ago! The nurse said we could take any supplies we wanted out of the room and I knew I would put those to use at the deer lease
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