Hunters: Whitetail Deer in eight WV counties have been found dead due to disease

By Local News | September 17, 2017

Deer in eight West Virginia counties have been found dead, killed by a disease that pops up from time to time.

Division of Natural Resources officials confirmed Thursday that deer in Boone, Brooke, Hancock, Lincoln, Marshall, Ohio, Tucker and Wayne counties have died this year from epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD.

Deer get EHD after being bitten by tiny insects called culicoides midges. The EHD virus causes extensive internal bleeding. Within as little as seven days, deer infected with EHD lose their appetite, develop rapid pulse and respiration rates, and salivate heavily. Fever associated with the disease might cause infected animals to lie in bodies of water in order to cool off. Death occurs due to internal bleeding.

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