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Rodent-borne disease first appears in Minnesota



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Animal health officials say that a mosquito-borne disease has first appeared in Minnesota deer.

The Minnesota Animal Health Board confirmed the first cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease – or EHD – in a small flock of Whitetail Deer caught in Goodhue district

Officials say six out of seven animals died of the disease earlier this month. The remaining buck seems healthy and shows no signs of the disease.

While this is the first evidence of the disease in Minnesota deer, it is common throughout North America. The disease was previously detected in two Minnesota cattle in Brown County in 201

2 and Murray County in 2013.

The virus is transmitted between deer through biting mosquitoes or mosquitoes. There are no known health risks for humans.


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