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Virus is killing deer in the Hudson Valley

Sep 08, 2020 5:15 am
Bobby Welber is reporting for the Hudson Valley Post the state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning that an alarming number of deer are dying in the Hudson Valley. The DEC confirmed September 4, that several white-tailed deer in the towns of Nelsonville and Cold Spring, in Putnam County, as well as near Goshen, Orange County, died after contracting Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease or EHD. EHD is viral and more commonly found in white-tailed deer. It is transmitted by biting midges known as “no-see-ums,” or gnats that breed and live in small pools of standing water. EHD is not transmitted to humans. Once infected with EHD, the deer usually dies within 36 hours, according to the DEC. The disease is not transmitted from deer to deer or from deer to humans. The cases in Putnam County were confirmed by the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. EHD symptoms include fever, hemorrhage in muscle or organs, swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips. A deer infected with EHD may appear lame or dehydrated. Infected deer will frequently seek out water sources and many succumb near a water source. The DEC advises hunters to refrain from handling or eating meat from any deer that appears sick or acts strangely. The DEC will continue to monitor the situation. Read the full story in the Hudson Valley Post.
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