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Chris I though of you when I read this, thinking back to a post where you wrote about being "the guy with the rubber gloves on". As for me, I think I'll take my chances and skip the gloves!


Minnesota DNR expected to announce West Nile prevention steps for bird hunters

(Minneapolis-AP) The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to urge bird hunters to use rubber gloves when cleaning game birds.

The plan follows similar recommendations by officials in South Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Joe Marcino, a D-N-R pathologist, says there's a small chance a hunter could contract West Nile virus when butchering game birds.

Wildlife officials say there should be no danger in eating well-cooked game birds since heat kills the virus.

About 1500 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported nationwide this year -- including at least 13 in Minnesota.

No West Nile-related deaths have been

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