DNR: Dead deer tested positive for EHD virus

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CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana DNR said in a press release this week that preliminary lab results were positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus in a sample of a dead deer from Clark County.

DNR said additional testing is needed to determine the strain of EHD virus.

EHD is a viral disease that may affect white-tailed deer to some degree every year.

It occurs during late summer and early fall, and there is evidence that outbreaks may be worse during drought years.

EHD is transmitted by flies commonly known as biting midges, sand gnats, and ‘no-see-ums.’

Humans are not at risk for contracting the disease.

“Deer infected with EHD may appear depressed or weak and often seek out water. Other signs may include a blue-tinged tongue, swelling of the head, neck or eyelids, ulcers on the tongue and the oral cavity, or sloughed hooves,” said Dr. Nancy Boedeker, DNR wildlife veterinarian.

The disease is often fatal to deer, but some will survive it.

Outbreaks can be more severe in years where there’s a wet spring followed by a hot, dry fall.

“If you see a deer that you suspect may have died from EHD, you can report it directly to the DNR through our website at deer.dnr.IN.gov,” Caudell said. “Just click on the link for Report a Dead or Sick Deer.”

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(This story was originally published on August 13, 2019)

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