Buffalo County warns of possible EHD outbreak in deer

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is investigating a possible outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, known as EHD, in Buffalo County deer, according to Buffalo County wildlife biologist Mark Rasmussen.

The DNR is looking into the deaths of more than 20 deer north of Fountain City over the last two weeks, many of which were found dead in or near water sources.

Investigators suspect that it may be EHD, a virus that affects domestic and wild hoofed animals. They took a sample from an adult buck Monday to be tested and the results should be back within two weeks.

EHD has been confirmed in Oconto County this year and several southern Wisconsin counties in previous years.

EHD is usually fatal to deer, which typically die within seven days of infection, but is not a threat to human health. The virus is spread by gnats.

Symptoms include excessive salivation or foaming around the mouth and a lack of fear of humans.