New Fatal Deer Disease Found In Stearns County

New Fatal Deer Disease Found In Stearns County Click to Enlarge Photo: Matt Demczyk (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they have discovered a new disease in Stearns County that's killing white tailed deer.

The disease is called epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD.

The DNR suspects several deer in the St. Stephen area have recently died from EHD.

Tests from two of the deer were positive for EHD; other deer were too decomposed to test.

The outbreak is limited to Stearns County.

The disease incubates for five to ten days, and most infected deer die within 36 hours of showing symptoms.

Officials say finding multiple dead deer near a water source is typical of an EHD die-off.

Fever drives the animals to seek water, but they die from internal lesions and hemorrhages.

People who find a dead deer should report it to the nearest DNR area wildlife office.

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