EHD in New Jersey, Spread by Midges

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A dry start to summer, followed by a wet July and August is a perfect set-up to produce lots of midges. Also it is typical weather for EHD breakouts. The last one in New Jersey was in 2007, and now there are hundreds of deer dying in counties throughout the state.

A preliminary lab report confirmed EHD in deer from the Hopewell area, where an estimated 50 to 100 died last month, after dead deer were also found in the Hillsborough, Princeton, East Amwell and Montgomery townships.

Midges spread the EHD. Deer cannot spread it to each other, or to humans, midges cannot pass it on to humans either. After a deer is infected they lose their fear of humans, have high fevers, and start salivating. They look for water to cool themselves, that's why a lot of times there are high numbers of dead deer and sick deer by water.

Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public help, by reporting the sick or dead deer so they can monitor the damage of the EHD outbreak. From


hunter25's picture

I guess this disease has been

I guess this disease has been around for a while but it's another one I am not familiar with. We haev so many things that seem to be attacking our game herds now I'm not sure how much more they can take. Is this one something that runs it's course and then vanishes again for a number of years? Since they can't spread it to each other I guess that would be the way it works. I don't know my bugs very well either so I'm not sure what exactley a midge looks like and what they do. This disease sounds similar to blue tongue that has been talked about in Montana but I don't remember the correct name for that one.