Ohio White-tailed Deer Affected By Disease

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State wildlife officials want hunters to report unhealthy deer to their local wildfire officer as several counties battle a common deer disease.

White-tailed deer in Ohio are affected by the disease called EHD.

State wildlife and animal health officials have confirmed localized outbreaks of EHD in eight Ohio counties including Ross County.

"The deer get infected by little biting midges and flies and the deer will die. It does not impact humans, but the effects go very quickly within 7days the deer could even be dead or at least shows symptoms already. And what happened when they get infected, the deer will bleeding to death," says Ohio Division of Natural Resources spokesman Mike Tonkovich.

Tonkovich says deer that appear diseased should never be taken for human food.