DNR provides update on EHD in state's deer herd

DNR revealed today that it has received 47 reports of suspected cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in deer — mostly in west-central Illinois counties. Statewide, reports have come from 17 counties.

"Scattered EHD cases were reported across the southern third of Illinois as well as two counties (Stephenson and Winnebago) in northern Illinois," DNR noted in an announcement asking sportsmen to report the finding of any sick or dead deer.

EHD was also confirmed in captive deer herds in Adams and Schuyler counties, and in multiple cattle herds in Jo Daviess County.

The total of 47 reports is a far cry from a few years ago, when an EHD epidemic hit the state. In 2012, there were 2,043 cases reported from 76 counties. In 2013, DNR received reports of 403 cases from 51 counties.

Very few cases were reported in 2014.

Reports of sick or dead deer can be emailed to doug.dufford@illinois.gov.

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