First confirmed case of EHD in Michigan in three years takes the life of a deer in Berrien County.
Just when we thought things were looking up in the fight against EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease), more bad news surfaces. This time, the news comes from Michigan.
Like many states, Michigan was hit hard with the EHD plague in 2012. The state reports more than 12,000 deer were taken by the disease during that year. Recent years have seen a big improvement: there were no reported cases in Michigan during 2014 or 2015. That trend will not continue for the state this year.
Officials have confirmed that a deer from Berrien county, near the southern tip of Lake Michigan, was killed by EHD. The state confirmed the report on its website on the 29th of September.
EHD is transmitted by a biting fly called a midge. While it is believed that humans are incapable of contracting the disease, the effects on deer can be staggering.
Symptoms of EHD in an infected deer will vary. Common symptoms include a loss of appetite, dehydration and a high fever. It is for these reasons that infected deer seek out water sources and can often be found dead in close proximity to a stream or body of standing water.