A deer tests positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease in Genessee County

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The DNR has sent out a warning Wednesday about a free-ranging white-tailed deer that died. The deer was tested and they found it died from EHD, or epizootic hemorrhagic disease. EHD is a viral disease that's found in wild animals such as white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk.
EHD is transmitted by a midge fly bite. After bitten the infection doesn't always result in EHD and signs of the illness vary.
Illness can be sudden and sever or could linger for weeks.
In severe forms, deer lose their appetite and fear of humans, grow weaker, salivate excessively and eventually become unconscious.
Sick or dead deer will often be found along or in bodies of water. This is because they tend to go to the water to lower their body temperature and to rehydrate.
The DNR is asking for hunters to look around as they hit the woods and fields and let the DNR know if they find dead deer, especially near water.
Property owners or outdoor enthusiasts should also report finding any dead deer to the DNR.
There is no known effective treatment for, or control of, EHD in wild populations.