Viral disease kills deer in five W.Va. Counties

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- An insect-borne virus has killed deer in five West Virginia counties, and state officials are investigating reports of similar kills in nine additional counties.

The division of natural resources says that epizootic hemorrhagic disease has been confirmed in Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Wayne counties.

The disease, which cannot be contracted by humans, is spread to deer by biting midges and is normally fatal within five or 10 days.

Cold weather usually ends any outbreak by killing the insects that spread the virus.

The disease also has been confirmed in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.

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  • by Janet Location: Parkersburg on Oct 12, 2007 at 07:27 AM
    Are there any explanation on how this got started, for example is it from not having cold enough weather to kill insects that mix breed causeing this reaction?, or is there another reason this has started suddenly? Have there been reports of simulair occounts happen in the past that we are not aware of. And what kind of testing has been preformed to say Humans are not effected by this?
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