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Burlington County EHD confirmed


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The Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in a deer recently sampled in Burlington County. EHD is not a threat to public health, but we advise against consuming meat from any game animal that appears ill.

EHD outbreaks typically begin in late summer and disease transmission ends when the first hard frost kills the midges that carry the disease.

The Division is asking the public to be alert for deer that may be affected by EHD and to report any suspected cases. Symptoms include: difficulty standing, drooling, lethargy, respiratory distress, foam from the mouth or nose, and swelling of the face, tongue, and neck. Sick or dead deer are often seen in or near water.

Reports can be made to:

Dr. Nicole Lewis, Wildlife Veterinarian, (908) 735-6398 or nicole.lewis@dep.nj.gov

Jodi Powers, Deer Biologist, (609) 223-6073 or jodi.powers@dep.nj.gov 

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