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[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV] On Behalf Of Mary Dettloff
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:12 PM
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Subject: DNR Announces Tentative Diagnosis for Deer Die-Off in Oakland and
Macomb Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE				
Sept. 4, 2008

Contacts: Tom Cooley 517-336-5030 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014

    
	
DNR Announces Tentative Diagnosis for Deer Die-Off Affecting Oakland
and Macomb Counties

The Department of Natural Resources today announced a tentative
diagnosis of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), an often fatal viral
disease found in wild ruminants, for the more than 50 deer that have
died off in an area around the Clinton River in Oakland and Macomb
counties. 

The disease is characterized by extensive hemorrhages and is
transmitted by a biting fly or midge. White-tailed deer develop signs of
the illness about seven days after exposure. Deer initially lose their
appetite and fear of man, grow progressively weaker, salivate
excessively, develop a rapid pulse and respiration rate, become
unconscious, and then die. Due to a high fever, the deer often are found
sick or dead along or in bodies of water.

The virus can be transmitted to other wild ruminants, such as elk and
moose; however, there is no evidence that humans can contract the
virus.

There is no known effective treatment or control of EHD. The disease
was first documented in Michigan's white-tailed deer in 1955.
Additional die-offs attributed to EHD occurred in 1974, and again in
2006 in Allegan County. The Allegan County die-off involved 50 to 75
animals. 

Property owners who discover dead deer on their land should bury them
at a sufficient depth so that body parts are not showing. Carcasses also
can be disposed of at landfills that accept household solid waste. 

For more information on EHD, please see the Michigan Emerging Diseases
Web site at www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future
generations.

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