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EHD Confirmed in three additional counties October 2, 2012 Wisconsin

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EHD Confirmed in three additional counties October 2, 2012 Wisconsin, WDNR News Release
     Addition of Jefferson, Marquette and Iowa brings counties with outbreak to eight.  State wildlife officials have confirmed that samples submitted from deer found dead in Jefferson, Marquette, and Iowa counties have tested positive for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD. EHD has now been confirmed in Columbia, Rock, Sauk, Dane, Waukesha, Jefferson, Marquette and Iowa counties.  Additional tests of a deer from Marinette County are pending.
     EHD outbreaks have been confirmed in at least 15 states this year, including neighboring states of Michigan, Iowa and Illinois, said Eric Lobner, DNR southern Wisconsin wildlife supervisor.  “It is a fairly common disease carried by midges, commonly referred to as no see ums, which are not a threat to humans, so there is no cause for alarm. We are optimistic, with the cold overnight temperatures recently that we will soon see this outbreak come to an end,” Lobner said
EHD is often fatal, typically killing an infected deer within seven days. The last EHD observation in Wisconsin was in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. 
     Individuals that observe deer exhibiting the following signs are encouraged to report their observations to the DNR:  Excessive salivation or foaming around the nose and mouth.  Appearing weak and approachable by humans.  In or near water sources. They will often lie down in water to cool down or drink.
    As a result of this confirmation, the DNR is no longer collecting samples from dead deer found in Columbia, Rock, Dane, Sauk, Waukesha, Jefferson, Marquette and Iowa counties; however, officials do want to take samples from dead deer reported in counties where EHD has not been confirmed. Also, in order to monitor the geographic distribution and the number of deer affected by this EHD event, the DNR does want people to continue to report sick or dead deer within Columbia, Rock, Dane, Sauk, Waukesha, Jefferson, Marquette and Iowa counties.  To report a sick deer observation please call the DNR call center toll free at 1-888-WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website.



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