Last updated 7:31PM ET
December 14, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Deer virus hits our area
(2007-09-12)
(WOUB) - MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) - Farmers report deer herds are dying in
southeast Ohio, and wildlife officials believe a common virus is to
blame.

Jerry Mitchem says nearly 100 dead deer have been found around
his Washington County farm. He says he hasn't seen any deer roaming
in recent weeks.

Wildlife biologist Mike Tonkovich with the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources says officials suspect epizootic hemorrhagic disease has spread in 11
counties. The virus is usually fatal to deer and is transmitted by
tiny sand flies.

Tonkovich says the virus will run its course until the first
hard frost kills the insects.

The state's last major outbreak was 5 years ago.

Officials stress that disease poses no danger to humans.
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