Deer virus in Michigan – 10/07/2006

  • November 25, 2013 at 3:47 am #1317

    Virus killing deer, but will pass soon, experts say

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006
    By Rosemary Parker
    rparker@… 388-2734
    At least 40 deer in Allegan County have died this summer and fall of
    a virus that kills deer, can sicken sheep and cattle, but is not
    harmful to people.

    So far there has been one confirmed death of a captive deer, and
    state wildlife and agriculture officials say the localized infection
    does not appear to pose a widespread threat to either the state’s
    wild- deer herd or Michigan’s $30 million deer-farm industry.

    The virus, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, causes a deadly infection
    in deer — but unlike the dreaded Chronic Wasting Disease that has
    stricken deer in other states, there is no danger of it crossing into
    a related virus that can be contracted by humans, officials say.

    Wildlife experts say this outbreak of EHD will end in a few weeks,
    when the first hard frost kills the gnats that spread it.

    “This whole thing is history when the first frost hits and three
    days passes,” said John Lerg, a wildlife biologist at the Michigan
    Department of Natural Resources.

    Until then, the DNR is asking hunters and others who venture into the
    woods to report the finding of deer carcasses so officials can gauge
    the spread of the virus.

    Lerg said his office began receiving reports three weeks ago that
    people were finding dead deer, many floating down the Kalamazoo

    One symptom, bleeding from the mouth, gave scientists a very good
    idea of the cause of death. The diagnosis was confirmed Monday night
    after further testing.

    Michigan experienced outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in
    1955 and again in the early 1970s, Lerg said. Other states are
    experiencing outbreaks this summer.

    “The only locality we have seen so far (in Michigan) is in western
    Allegan County,” though the disease has been confirmed in southern
    Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana, Lerg said.

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