1. I understand that deer can carry TB and that it can be caught from
handling deer or venison. Is this correct and would this have been
2. I would have thought that a 32 year old gamekeeper would have been
fit. My idea of a normal consumptive would be of a town dweller,
very young or elderly. Am I looking at this through 20th century eyes?
I can't be specific about deer/venison and TB but two of my Dorset
GGrandparents (late 1800s), died in their twenties of TB, they were both
country dwellers and I suspect they got it from drinking infected milk. TB
in cattle was a huge problem in this country until testing and eradication -
hence the current problem with badgers being TB carriers living on land
grazed by cattle and infecting them.
A countryman I knew had TB about 20 years ago, the powers that be put it
down to him having drunk infected milk - although interestingly he was also
sent to prison in his youth for poaching deer, a habit which hadn't deserted
him 20 years ago!! So perhaps you may have a point there with the deer
Yours Theresa Turnbull