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September 1, 2014, 4:06 pm
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Deer Disease Returns To Illinois


A disease that can be fatal to deer is popping up again around Illinois, but state officials say the outbreak is not as severe this year. 

 

They say there are fewer cases overall of the disease known as EHD.  And in the counties where it was most prevalent last year, including Macon, there are almost no cases this year… a sign that the deer population is building up an immunity to the virus. 

 

So far this year, around 400 confirmed deer deaths have been reported in 51 counties.  While EHD can be fatal to deer, it poses no risk to humans or pets.

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