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Deer Diseases That Affect Humans

Jenn Smith

Posted on October 17 2019

White-tailed deer are the number one carriers of Lyme Disease in the United States; and we know that deer can spread ticks with the Lyme bacterium to humans and pets; but what other deer diseases can affect humans?

Chronic Wasting Disease is not one of the diseases that can affect humans, only members of the cervid (deer) family. Here are the top diseases from deer that can harm humans: Q fever, chlamydiosis, leptospirosis, campylobacterosis, salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis, and giardiasis.

To protect people and pets from deer diseases, it is recommended that homeowners push out deer from landscapes. Deer are fun to look at from afar; but the truth is that they carry diseases and should not be on lawns and gardens for family and pet protection. 

The best way to rid deer from home properties is to install a 7.5 to 8' foot high deer fence around home gardens and perimeters of homes to keep deer at bay.