Most deer infected with HD tend to die within one to three days. Typical symptoms include fever, excessive salivation, swollen neck, swollen tongue or swollen eyelids, and reduced activity. Because sick deer are feverish, they are often found near water.The outbreak isn't contained to Missouri; many states have felt the effects of the illness, which is borne by the small biting midge fly.
Humans do not get hemorrhagic disease, so handling and consumption of meat from deer that have recovered from the disease pose no health hazard. However.... any animal in a poor, diseased condition, regardless of the cause, may be unfit for consumption.But deer hunters needn't be worried. Last year, sportsmen took down almost 291,600 deer. This disease has barely killed one percent of that. There will be plenty of venison for the holidays.
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