Insect-borne illness kills wild deer in SE Minnesota

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A illness spread by insects has killed a wild deer close to Caledonia in Houston County of southeastern Minnesota and is suspected in the death of yet another deer nearby.

The Division of Organic Sources mentioned Monday that Houston County is the second county in Minnesota exactly where wild deer have contracted epizootic hemorrhagic illness, or EHD.

The viral illness was confirmed in two farmed deer earlier this month close to Rushford in Houston County, and in 4 wild deer close to St. Stephen in Stearns County of central Minnesota. The state’s very first recognized instance of EHD was final October, when it killed six captive deer in Goodhue County of southeastern Minnesota.

EHD is spread by a biting insect named a midge, or no-seeum. It is not deemed a threat to humans, but kills deer immediately.

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