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Deer are important in the deer tick life-cycle, but deer do not get Lyme disease .  People cannot get Lyme disease by eating deer meat. However, deer meat should always be properly cooked. Cooking deer meat properly is important to prevent other infections such as E. coli. Does Lyme disease kill deer?
The Lyme Disease bacterium will not survive long after the deer dies. Unless a human has an open wound, it is highly unlikely that Lyme Disease will enter inside your body. Cooking "infected" deer meat will also kill any bacteria.Do deer carry Lyme disease?
White-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus) are a primary host of adult blacklegged ticks ( Ixodes scapularis ), which carry and transmit Lyme disease. Research suggests that reducing deer populations can reduce tick populations accordingly. (Photo credit: Rebekah D. Wallace, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org)