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Deer Disease Also Affects Cattle

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Iowa DNR Deer Biologist Tom Litchfield says he’s heard reports that thousands of deer in south-central Iowa have turned up dead this fall, displaying the outward symptoms of bluetongue virus. However, he says that’s not the case.

EHD does not infect humans, it can be dangerous for cattle, and Litchfield says producers should contact their veterinarian at the first suspicions of bluetongue virus or EHD. He also cites dust bags as a simple preventative measure that will kill the midges which transmit the disease.

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