Disease Caused By Small Insect Killing Thousands Of Deer In Nebraska

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File photo of deer. (credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of deer. (credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says a viral disease has spread to deer populations across much of Nebraska.

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease spreads from deer to deer by the bite of a small insect known as a midge. Game and Parks says the virus is suspected in the reported deaths of more than 2,200 Nebraska deer this year.

The disease causes hemorrhaging within the deer’s body. Deer suffering from the virus may develop a high fever and seek water, which is why many deer killed by the disease are found in or near water.

The disease is not a threat to humans.

The commission wants people to report to their nearest Game and Parks office any deer deaths that may be attributed to this disease.

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