Fatal midge-borne deer virus confirmed in a second Minnesota county

It's suspected to be behind several more deer deaths.
Author:
Publish date:

Minnesota DNR officials have confirmed the midge-borne deer virus EHD has spread to a second county in the state.

The DNR announced Monday that a wild deer died near Caledonia in Houston County, southeastern Minnesota, from epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

What's more, EHD is suspected as being behind the death of "other nearby deer" in the county, though this is yet to be confirmed.

It had previously been confirmed that two farmed deer in Houston County died from EHD near Rushford on Sept. 5.

And it also comes after four wild deer were found to have died from EHD in the St. Stephens area of Stearns County in central Minnesota earlier this month, with more deer nearby suspected to have died from the virus.

EHD is naturally occurring and seasonal, so the DNR expects this outbreak to be shortened because the soon-to-appear frost should kill the virus and the midges carrying it.

"The DNR will continue to monitor the situation in these counties, sampling suspect deer as opportunities arise," said Michelle Carstensen, DNR wildlife health program group leader.

"Sampling of multiple deer deaths may become necessary if the disease appears to be in more areas."

People who find multiple dead deer should report them to the nearest DNR area wildlife office, with EHD having the potential to "dramatically reduce a local deer population," albeit only in the short-term, having less of an impact on overall populations.

"EHD has circulated in the southern United States for decades and outbreaks in deer there are typically mild," Carstensen said. "Movement of the EHD virus to the northern United States, where there is little history of previous exposure, can result in severe outbreaks with high localized mortality."

The disease is not a threat to humans or animals outside the deer family, but humans shouldn't consume meat from any deer that appears sick.

The first known instance of EHD-infected deer in Minnesota occurred in October 2018, when BAH testing confirmed it in six captive deer in Goodhue County.

Next Up

court gavel

8 people charged in Medicaid fraud scheme totaling $860K

Collectively, they're charged with 46 counts of felony theft.

vaping

Minnesota gets mixed grades on its tobacco report card

In Minnesota, the economic cost due to smoking is $2.519 million with 5,910 deaths per year attributed to smoking.

Hardy Wills-Traxler

Charges: Man stabbed his father, set his home on fire

The 25-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Impound lot

Crowded impound lot raises COVID concerns after Minneapolis snow emergency

A vehicle owner complains about the tightly-packed impound lot following the weekend's snow.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, Jan. 27

The latest update from the state health department.

charley's

Charges: Bar owner, employee served underage drinkers during shutdown

The bar hosted 20-30 people on Dec. 4, 2020, charges say.

police lights

Driver wearing bulletproof vest strikes pedestrian in Rochester

The 21-year-old claimed the vest keeps him warm, according to police.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 8.08.05 PM

6 men charged in connection to 'disturbing trend' of carjackings, shootings

The men are accused of three carjackings in one day, as well as other crimes.

YouTube TV, FSN

Report: Fox Sports North is becoming Bally Sports North

The rebranding will reportedly happen prior to the start of the MLB season.

walmart mask

Wisconsin Senate votes to end statewide mask mandate

The joint resolution now heads to the Republican-controlled state assembly.

Related

White tail deer

Virus from midges has been causing deer deaths in Minnesota

Two deaths have been confirmed, and several more are suspected.

White tail deer

DNR to allow some landowners to hunt deer in Crow Wing County

It's part of the battle to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

White tail deer

Minnesota DNR reveals changes ahead of 2020 deer hunting season

Changes have been made to reflect COVID-19 and the ongoing threat of CWD in deer.

doe, deer

Deer on southeastern MN deer farm tests positive for CWD

Hunters are encouraged to drop off samples of the deer they kill to be tested for the deadly disease.

white-tailed deer

DNR to place 26 dumpsters for deer carcasses in CWD-hit areas

With hunting season imminent, the DNR is taking efforts to prevent the spread of CWD.

Here's what's in the DNR's new plan for managing deer

It aims to strike a balance between conservation and hunting interests.