Disease organisms relying on
healthy hosts (micro-organisms in a dinosaur's gut assisting in digestion,
e.g.) are different from pathogens dangerous to a host by becoming more
toxigenic (and being able to mutate in just a few weeks, e.g., and share
genetic data quickly). A dromaeosaur eating rotting flesh, or living animals
infected with virulent diseases, necessarily would have to possess
highly efficient immune systems (the carcass could be in water, and waterborne
diseases likewise could pose a hazard to our predator).
actual predators, birds or mammal often choose the sick animal to attack
because it's the most easy to catch, it must have been the same for
Idunnow why they could have caught the prey's deseases
easier than lions, hyenas,... And does a vulture get ill while eating rotting
"mad cow desease" isn't a good example, it isn't natural for an herbivore
to feed on meat.
Friendly - Luc J. "Aspidel"