Study: Feral swine could expose people to dangerous parasites

05/3/2011 | National Geographic News

The growing population of wild pigs in the U.S. could put people at risk for diseases stemming from the animals, according to a study in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Researchers examined blood samples from 83 feral pigs in North Carolina from 2007 to 2009 and found evidence that the animals are infected with the Trichinella and Toxoplasma gondii parasites, which can be passed on to people who consume their meat.

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