Deer disease EHD reported in southern Wisconsin

About 30 deer affected so far
Deer disease EHD reported in southern Wisconsin

A new viral deer disease transmitted by a biting fly known as a midge is suspected of killing deer in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Friday reported the suspected outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD.

District wildlife supervisor Eric Lobner said the outbreak appears to be centered in Columbia County, but dead deer have also been reported in Waukesha, Walworth and Rock counties.

He said about 30 deer have been affected so far.

Lobner said there is no way to treat or control the spread of EHD in deer, but it is not a threat to humans.

He said any impact on deer population will be minimal and isolated.

Anyone who comes across a dead deer is encouraged to contact the DNR.

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