With bear season coming up I happened to remember something that happened a number of years ago to an Anchorage man. I'm sorry I can't be more specific as it was a long time ago, so the details are vague. Some of you that have been here may remember this and can relate more about it. I tried a google search but couldn't come up with anything. Still I felt it was worth posting.
I can't remember the symptoms, but this guy just started not feeling well. He got worse and worse to the point he went to the doctor. The doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. If I remember the man started getting progressively worse to the point where he was hospitalized. Tests and more tests were being done and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with this guy. Meanwhile he was going downhill fast. They kept asking the man what he had been doing, taking, eating, just prior to him getting sick. With the guy dang near on his deathbed when asked again to try and remember anything that might have made him sick, he told them he had gone grizzly hunting and had killed a bear. So what.......right? Well the doctors continued the questions till the man remembered he had cut himself while skinning out the bear. Turned out that's what did it. It seems there was something in the bear blood (or whatever) that entered into the man's system through this small cut on his hand. I don't believe it was trichinosis because I think to catch that you have to actually ingest the worm.....but I could be wrong. I just don't remember them saying it was trichinosis. Whatever it was the doctors got a handle on it and the man recovered.
Again, sorry about the lack of details or the name of the disease, but I do know it darn near killed this guy. Suffice to say though, if you happen to start getting sick after killing a brown/grizzly bear better go get checked out real quick. Remember a lot of us can cut ourselves while doing up an animal and really not think much about it, so it's easy to be overlooked.....which this guy did.
I'm hoping somebody here may have more info and can provide some insight.
Good Luck out there and be safe...!!!