Sarcocystis

Safe - Doesn't look nice
 
Commonly infected wildlife
Ducks
Birds
Ducks
Birds
 
Is this animal infected?
Affected birds have cream-colored cysts that are longer than they are wide in breast, heart and leg muscle
  - Cysts resemble rice grains, and can be several mm (1/4 inch) long
  - Cysts feel gritty when cut with a knife
Dead Duck with Sarcocystis
   
 
Can I get it?
No
 
How bad can it get?

No known risk to people

 
Protect myself and others
Scientists recommend that people and pets do not eat heavily infested meat
Cook
Heavily infested carcasses are unappetizing
The parasite can be killed by cooking
 
Symptoms in people
No known risk to people
 
Safe for pets?
Not raw Not Safe for Pets
  - Carnivores shed eggs in their feces, which then become infectious to birds
  - Pets may play a role in transmission of sarcocystis to birds
 
What causes it?
A protozoan parasite called Sarcocystis rileyi

Sarcocystis is found around the world in many types of animals, including deer, moose, caribou, elk, seals and domestic livestock