MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly deer virus has been confirmed in a group of whitetails in central Minnesota.
State wildlife officials say epizootic hemorrhagic disease isn't contagious but can sharply lessen deer herds before the danger concludes with the first frost.
The outbreak in Stearns County is said to have killed up to 20 or more deer. Two deer carcasses fit for testing and tissue samples from both tested positive at National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced the lab results Wednesday.
The rapidly developing disease is carried by biting midges, also known as gnats and no-see-ums.
Most deer die within 36 hours of exhibiting signs of the disease. The virus isn't known to cause disease in humans.
- \Minnesota officials confirm outbreak of deer-killing disease
- Fatal deer disease confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
- Wild deer dies of insect-spread disease in SE Minnesota
- Wildlife officials, Klobuchar press for deer disease funding
- Hunters kill 420 deer in chronic wasting disease cull
- Disease killing hundreds of deer in south-central Iowa
- Deadly disease found in Goodhue County deer
- Minnesota warning about horse disease
- Disease outbreak linked to Goodhue County campground
- Deer in 24 states, including Iowa and Minnesota, infected with chronic wasting disease