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DNR Confirms EHD Disease in Juneau County Deer
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/22/2021

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirms that a tissue sample collected from a deer in Juneau County tested positive for the virus that causes Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. The disease was detected after a landowner reported a dead deer on their property in central Juneau County. The finding represents the second location where EHD has been identified in 2021, following a discovery in La Crosse County last month.

The virus that causes EHD can be carried by midges, which are small flies also known as biting gnats or no-see-ums. It does not infect humans even if a person handles infected deer, eats venison from infected deer or are bitten by infected midges.

Clinical signs of the disease in deer include excessive salivation or foaming around the nose and mouth, appearing weak and approachable by humans, and carcasses found in or near water sources, as infected deer will often lay in water to cool down or drink.

The DNR will not collect or remove deer that are suspected to have died from EHD. Carcasses from deer that die of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease are not a threat to spreading the disease to other deer, as the virus does not survive for long once an infected deer dies.

To report a sick or dead deer, contact your county wildlife biologist.

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