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EHD outbreak in New Jersey's Salem County DMZ 63

From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

-- Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) has been confirmed in Deer Management Zone 63 in New Jersey's Salem County, according to a report by the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics (OFWHF).  

A total of 80 deer are believed to have died because of this EHD outbreak from mid-September to mid-October, 2010.

The virus is transmitted from infected deer via biting midge flies. The disease is not transmissible to humans.

Because cold weather terminates midge activity the outbreak is not expected to spread further. Deer which are unable to stand and are drooling or emitting foam from the mouth and nose could be suffering from EHD.

Similarly, those found dead in the water or near the water with no apparent wounds should be considered suspect EHD case. New Jersey residents who encounter deer in such condition should immediately notify the OFWHF by calling (908)735-6398.

For more information on the outbreak visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2010/ehd_outbreak10.htm on the division's website.

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