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Posted on: October 13, 2021

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in White-Tailed Deer

We have unfortunately seen the disease known as EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease) make its way to Suffolk County and Southold Town this fall. EHD is a disease transferred to ruminants specifically white-tailed deer from Culicoides or more commonly referred to as midges, gnats or no-see-urns. By all accounts, the effects of EHD are exclusive to ruminants. Humans are not affected by either handling or eating EHD-infected deer meat, or even being bitten by the tiny midges or no-see-urns that transmit the virus. Some common signs of EHD in deer are as follows:

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