CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia currently has an outbreak of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in its white deer deer herd, according to the Wildlife Department of DNR West Virginia.
The DNR said in the release of dead deer in small areas in Summers, Monroe and Greenbrier counties to date this year. State the release that the EHD, virus virus 2 (EHDV-2) is isolated from Summers County. Hemorrhagic Disease can occur due to EHDV or Blue Language Virus (BTV,) according to the loose.
The release stated that West Virginia samples were sent to the South Eastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study based at the University of Georgia, where they isolated and identified the virus at EHDV-2. The DNR said that although this disease does not generally affect the deer population, the Wildlife Resources Section is conducting an outbreak survey in the state. EHDV may reduce the local deer by 20% or less, according to the release.
“The disease disappears with the first frost, because the spread of the virus depends on small brackets called Culicoides killed by cold temperature, ”said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of game management for DNR.
The release stated that EHD does not occur in West Virginia every year and that the largest outbreaks of this disease within the state are in 1996, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017. EHDV does not survive in an infection that lasts infection, according to DNR.
“While hunters should not get obviously sick deer, EHDV is not a cause of concern to debtors about eating their deer,” Foster said.
The DNR stated that the disease is not infectious to humans, and that EHDV is not related to the cultivation of chronic diseases, only found in counties Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral and Morgan.
The DNR encourages landowners and hunters in the Summers, Monroe and Greenbrier county regions to report sick or dead deer to the District Office of 4 DNR in Beckley at 304-256-6947. If landowners get sick or dead deer in other regions of the state, they are asked to contact their relevant DNR area office.
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