Disease responsible for killing hundreds of deer in New Jersey

    State wildlife officials in New Jersey say a disease has killed hundreds of deer in just the past two months.

    The Press of Atlantic City reports Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, has resurfaced to become one of the most significant outbreaks in state history. The disease is spread by bugs.

    According to the report, nearly all of the deer deaths have come from two regions of the state; including Morris, Union and northern Somerset counties and Mercer, Hunterdon and southern Somerset counties.

    Citing The Star-Ledger, The Press of Atlantic City reports there’s nothing state officials can do about the illness.

    EHD has no affect on humans and can’t be transmitted through handling infected deer meat, according to the report.

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