ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Wild hogs are a costly nuisance on south Georgia farms, ripping up crops, but did you know they can make you sick?
Public health officials warn that wild hogs carry infectious diseases.
When hunters and their dogs come into contact with the hogs, they could be exposed to various diseases that could cause long term health problems or even death.
Hunters should always wear protective clothing such as gloves, boots and eyewear to avoid infections.
"We're certainly not telling people, 'Don't kill wild hogs.' We know that they are a nuisance to this area in some cases. But as they do it, we just want them to take precautions so that they can do what they need to do and stay healthy," said District Deputy Health Director Brenda Greene.
Greene said that if you do come into contact with wild hogs and begin to experience cold or flu-like symptoms then you should call your doctor immediately.