COLDWATER (WTVB) - The Michigan D-N-R says Branch County is one of two counties in the state in which a viral disease that is often fatal to deer has turned up. The Department of Natural Resources reported yesterday that deer infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, have been discovered in northern Branch County and eastern Ionia County. According to the DNR, the disease has been confirmed in one deer in each county while other carcasses are being tested. There is no evidence that humans can get the EHD virus. Biting flies transmit the EHD, which causes extensive internal bleeding. Isolated sections of Michigan have had outbreaks of the disease almost every year since 2006. The infected deer are normally found dead or sick along or in bodies of water.
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