Wildlife officials warn of potential deer disease outbreak

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Alabama wildlife officials say they’re on the lookout for reports of sick deer after reports of an increase in sickness in neighboring Mississippi.

The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries says its employees are monitoring a potential hemorrhagic disease outbreak among deer in northern Alabama.

Officials say that in recent weeks they’ve heard reports of people finding emaciated deer and seeing evidence of it on game cameras.

WHNT-TV reports that hemorrhagic disease is caused by a virus and transmitted by tiny biting insects.

Alabama Deer Program Coordinator Chris Cook says the virus causes internal hemorrhaging and hurts the deer’s ability to eat and digest food.

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10/5/2021 7:27:17 AM (GMT -5:00)

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