SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A disease that caused the death of deer in eight West Virginia counties has also been found in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The state Division of Natural Resources says in a news release that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease was confirmed in deer that died in West Virginia. EHD causes extensive bleeding, according to the DNR.
According to KDKA, it hit western Pennsylvania and was first noticed in Beaver County in August since spreading to Washington County and northern Allegheny County.
The disease has also been confirmed this year in Kentucky and Virginia.
The DNR says it is not contagious to humans and is not related to chronic wasting disease, which has been detected only in two West Virginia counties.
DNR game management chief Gary Foster says midges that spread the disease are killed when frost arrives.
Landowners and hunters are urged to report sick or dead deer to their nearest DNR district office.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has more information on EHD on its website.
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