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EHD Confirmed In Deer In Chester & Berks Counties

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READING – PA Game Commission officials say that EHD has been confirmed as the cause of death of deer in northern Chester and southern Berks County. Since Aug 29th, dozens of dead deer have been found in the affected area. Game Wardens continue to investigate new reports and collect and submit tissue samples. EHD is an often-fatal disease caused by a virus affecting white-tailed deer populations and is contracted through the bite of insects called “biting midges.” While EHD is not infectious to humans, deer displaying severe symptoms of EHD are usually not suitable for consumption. As a routine precaution, all hunters are encouraged to wear rubber or latex gloves when handling or field-dressing any animal, and wash their hands and tools thoroughly after field dressing. The Game Commission encourages residents in the affected area to call the Southeast Region Office in Reading at 610-926-3136 to report dead, sick or injured deer.

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