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.

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