Can you get Lyme disease from eating venison?

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR) — It’s deer season, which leaves some folks wondering if they could get Lyme disease from eating venison.

A SUNY ESF professor says that a deer’s blood has developed a component that actually will kill bacteria that spreads Lyme disease.

In a statement, the CDC said in part:

“You will not get Lyme disease from eating venison or squirrel meat, but CDC recommends, in keeping with general food safety principles, that you always cook meat thoroughly.”

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