Plaguing deer across the hoosier state.
The indiana department of natural resources confirms that deer in the eastern part of the state tested positive for epizootic hemmorrhagic disease also known as ??
Officials say that number is increasing?
With a few deer here in the tr?state testing positive.
Megan diventi spent the day catching up with experts?
And she joins us live in the studio with more.
??d is a viral disease that affects whit?
Tailed deer to some degree every year.
But this yea?
Reports show there's been an outbrea?
And this all comes right before hunting season.
"it's going to be a concern for all of us when we hear about the outbreak of a new disease."
It's a viral disease killing deer all across the hoosier stat?
"we just have to monitor it as time goes on to determine how significant it is."
The department of natural resources says deer in parts of the state have tested positive for ?
Experts say its a naturally occuring virus in white tailed deer that is transmitted by small biting flies.
It causes deer to have internal bleedin?high feve?and makes them disoriented.
Dr. joe caudel?dnr deer research biologist "that's why we're seeing more and more dead deer on the landscape.
It's just a combination of weather factors and the fact all these deer kind of pull together when it's dry like this."
The virus cycle often occurs during late summer to early fal?
And experts say evidence shows the outbreaks are worse during drought years.
Dnr has been working to test deer in central and sout?
Central indian?with deer in 16 counties already testing positive.
"once we start hearing this pattern we try to get out and collect a sample from the deer."
But here in the tr?stat?
Experts say there have already been some report?and this could impact hunters.
"it's not going to be great cause it's a new finding of an ecosystem imbalance.
So that's always hard for wildlife to figure out."
Humans are not at risk for contracting hemoorhagic diseas?and some deer will survive the illness.
But the death of deer during an outbreak can range greater than 50 percent of the population.
"we have a high population so i don't know if it will hurt necessarily but then again when i say it's a new disease in a new area anything could happen and we are concerned about what could come from it."
??r officials are continuing to collect samples throughout the state.
They are asking anyone who comes in contact with deer?
Acting abnormally to report it.
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