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Cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in whitetail deer detected in SE MN

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The Minnesota DNR has confirmed two cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) among whitetail deer in Houston and Winona counties.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW) - The Minnesota DNR has confirmed two cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) among whitetail deer in Houston and Winona counties. 

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is a viral disease in deer and some livestock that is spread by a biting insect called a midge. The disease is not spread from deer to deer and humans can't be infected with EHD.

Wildlife officials say the disease can be detrimental to the local deer populations.

"It's a disease or a virus that causes the deer to hemorrhage inside really bad and additionally they run a really high fever," Wildlife Biologist with the Wisconsin DNR Paul Napierala said. "Many times, with that fever, they go to water and that is where we get a lot of our reports is by the water. Deer are trying to get a drink and cool their bodies down."

Napierala said hunters and land owners should keep an eye out for deer showing any signs of EHD.

"If hunters are seeing deer acting abnormally, in a sense they are walking around and are not afraid of humans, or maybe panting really hard," Napierala said. "Those are some of the clinical signs we want to be aware of."

Additionally, officials are still reminding people to get their deer tested for CWD this year.

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