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IL deer dying of hemorrhagic disease

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:43:20 CDT
By: Jim Browne

IL deer dying of hemorrhagic disease
Lots of deer have been turning up dead in Illinois as the result of a hemorrhagic infection some have mistaken for the deadly human infection Ebola. Tom Micetich with the Department of Natural Resources says the virus, known as EHD, does not affect humans, and is carried by small insects that reproduce in muddy shallows:

   

He says with this year's drought, watering holes are scarce, and most have been little more than muddy shallows:

   

Micetich says most cases are south of Springfield, because that's where the deer are.   Cook County Forest Preserve District wildlife biologist Chris Anchor says the disease is also turning up in areas around North east Illinois for the first time. Six suspected cases have turned up in Kane County this year.
One sign of the disease is misshapen hooves of infected animals.

   

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