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Large outbreak of fatal fever in Illinois deer

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:16:35 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reporting more than two thousand deer deaths likely caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Up to 41 of those reports come from McLean County and a like number from Logan County. Dewitt and Livingston Counties have had only a few cases and Woodford and Tazewell County deer populations have had no reported instances. The disease is caused by a virus spread by midge bites and is often fatal in white-tailed deer. Deer experience high fevers and are often found dead near water sources. Macon County has had more than 120 cases. The last severe outbreak was in 2007. But this year has exceeded that body count with cases reported in 76 counties. The DNR says hunters should not be concerned about eating deer that have been infected, but survived the virus.

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