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Possible Disease Outbreak in West-Central New Jersey Deer

By: by New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is advising hunters and other outdoors enthusiasts in the East Amwell, Hopewell and Hillsborough areas of west-central New Jersey to be alert for white-tailed deer that are experiencing symptoms of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a localized virus that spreads among deer though the bites of midge flies.

EHD is not a public health issue. It cannot be transmitted to people, and humans are not at risk by handling infected deer, being bitten by infected midges, or eating infected deer meat - though the Division of Fish and Wildlife strongly advises against consuming meat from any game animal that appears ill.

For more information on this possible outbreak of EHD visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/newsrel/2011/11_0103.htm on the DEP website.

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