SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has found deer in eight counties that have died from a epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus.
This year, deer in Boone, Brooke, Hancock, Lincoln, Marshall, Ohio, Tucker and Wayne counties have died from a disease caused by the epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus, according to officials.
This disease is not contagious to humans and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus is not related to chronic wasting disease, and according to officials, has only been detected in Hampshire and Hardy counties.
According to officials, samples from West Virginia were sent to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where the virus was isolated and identified.
Outbreaks of this disease do not affect West Virginia deer every year, according to officials.
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus does not persist in deer that survive infection. Although hunters should never consume meat from an obviously sick animal, deer affected by this virus are usually safe to eat, according to officials.