Officials to look at EEE in Maine deer herd

Portland, Maine (AP) – Health officials say they will conduct a
study of deer that are killed during Maine’s upcoming hunting
season to see if they have been exposed to eastern equine
encephalitis.

Researchers will collect blood from deer brought to selected
tagging stations in five southern and central Maine counties
beginning Saturday. They plan to use the survey to help map how
prevalent the disease may be in Maine.

The virus showed up this summer in Maine horses and pheasants,
as well as a llama.

The deer study will be conducted by state and federal health
agencies and Maine Medical Center. The presence of EEE antibodies
in deer does not affect the meat of the animal or does not indicate
an infected deer, only that the deer was previously exposed to the
virus.

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