Monday, August 6, 2012

Seen all exotics? Better hold the thought

   Just when you think you may have seen or heard of most of the exotics and that another will come along to affect outdoor pursuits; hunting in this case, along comes another.
   EHD or epizootic hemorrhagic disease, has been confirmed as the cause of death in deer found in

 in eastern Ionia and northern Branch counties, the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Disease Lab and the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health announced today.
   The often-fatal viral disease, found in wild ruminants, causes extensive internal bleeding within deer and is transmitted by a midge, or type of biting fly. A constant characteristic of the disease is its sudden onset.
   Deer lose their appetite and fear of humans, grow progressively weaker, salivate excessively, and finally become unconscious. Due to a high fever, infected deer often are found sick or dead along or in bodies of water. There is no evidence that humans can contract the EHD virus.
   Stay tuned to thus blog for more about EHD Wednesday.

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