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I get infections from dressing bear. Never with deer or elk, only bear.
Usually it starts under my fingernails. They get hot, then painfull.
The first time I had a cut on my knuckle (middle finger) and it started to swell. I ignored it and my whole finger was like a sausage. Then it moved to the next finger and then to my pinkie. Then it moved across my palm.

My hand was swollen as if stung by nettles or a bee. The wife finally made me go to the doctor and he told me it was cellulitus (sp?) and that I was lucky. If I had it a few years prior I would have had to spend a week in the hospital, but that he could take care of it in 3 days. Got seven shots in the buttoks.
 
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