Last updated 7:17AM ET
October 24, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Cows get deer virus
(2007-09-04)
(WOUB) - REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) - State officials say for the first
time, Ohio cattle have turned up with a virus that typically
attacks deer.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or
EHD, has been confirmed at two cattle farms in southern Ohio's Pike
County.

In a news release, the department stresses that the virus poses
no threat to human health or meat safety.

EHD is usually fatal in deer. Officials say the cattle have a
wild strain that will pass much like the common flu.

The virus is transmitted by gnats or biting flies. The ag
department says the summer's dry spell helped to spread EHD by
forcing animals and insects to use the same watering spots.
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