To date, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)
has not been reported in New York deer this year but has recently been detected in seven eastern states: PA, OH, VA, KY, TN, WV, and NC.
EHD was previously confirmed in New York in 2007 and 2011. EHD is transmitted from animal to animal by bites of infected midges. Outbreaks tend to occur in late summer and early fall before the onset of frost and may affect only a few animals or result in localized pockets of high deer mortality.
Fever and edema are common, and deer with EHD often have swollen heads, necks, tongues, or eyelids. Deer die quickly--within 8 to 36 hours. Fever causes deer to seek out water, so that dead deer may be found near or in water. EHD does not infect humans.
Please report any observations of sick deer or groups of dead deer to your local DEC regional wildlife office