EHD infects deer in Iowa


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Chronic wasting disease isn’t the only health concern affecting deer in Iowa.

Recently, many dead deer have been found around Iowa near bodies of water. These deaths are most likely caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).

EHD destroys deer’s cell walls in their heart, lungs and diaphragm. Deer infected with EHD often stay close to water in order to combat the dehydration and fever they experience as a result of the disease.

Iowans are encouraged to contact their local conservation officer or wildlife biologist if they find a dead deer near water.

Read more here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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