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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"Wildlife Disease Kills Area Deer"

Wildlife officials can't stop the disease that is killing off herds of deer in middle Tennessee.
Deer in Middle Tennessee are becoming infected with a disease that officials can't stop. In turn, the population is starting to die off. Wildlife officials contribute the die off to a disease called epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, a viral disease spread by biting flies. Wildlife officials said once the deer are bitten, there is little hope for survival. They loose their appetite and fear of man, grow weaker and develop a rapid pulse and respiration rate. The deer will finally go into a shock-like state, become stiff and die. EHD is not uncommon and usually happens every year. This year, however, it......is worse because of the extreme heat and drought.

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