Viral disease killing hundreds of Michigan deer

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease responsible for more than 900 dead deer across Michigan

Published On: Aug 16 2012 03:02:09 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2012 03:03:00 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -

Wildlife officials say a viral disease has turned up in eight Michigan counties and killed hundreds of deer.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that deer infected with epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, have been found in Barry, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton and Montcalm counties.

Experts previously confirmed the disease had killed deer in Ionia and Branch counties.

EHD outbreaks have happened in isolated sections of Michigan repeatedly since 2006.

The number of cases is rising nationwide because of hot, dry weather.

Wildlife biologist Tom Cooley says there are reports of more than 900 dead deer across the eight counties.

But he said the die-off probably will be confined to local areas and won't affect the wider deer population.

There's no evidence that humans can get EHD.