Sunday, September 9, 2012
Deer Disease Outbreak Includes McHenry County
EHD is a viral disease which can cause high fever and severe internal bleeding in deer. However, it's either harmless to humans or else it isn't. It depends on the authority being consulted. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control listing says human infections have been "reported".
Usually EHD is pretty rare in Illinois. Last year, IDNR received probable EHD reports from only eight Illinois counties. The last major outbreak was in 2007 during another very dry summer when EHD was reported from 57 counties. The drought's the key, according to IDNR officials.
"Exposed mudflats provide conditions that favor hatches of the disease-carrying insects. Later in the summer, deer become more concentrated around the limited water sources, and the disease may begin to spread more quickly," said said Tom Micetich, IDNR Deer Project Manager.
Hunters and landowners who find sick or dead deer from what might be EHD, especially in or near water, are asked to contact their nearest IDNR field office or regional office. Discoveries of EHD-related deer mortality may also be reported to Tom Micetich at 309-543-3316, ext. 231; or email: email@example.com.
In the pic: This suspected EHD deer was found downstate a couple of weeks ago.