Don’t Feed Deer In The Dalles Due To AHD Outbreak

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists are asking residents of The Dalles to not feed deer due to an outbreak of Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease in a local herd.  AHD is a virus transmitted by direct contact between deer, making it easier to spread in areas of high deer concentrations.  This is particularly a concern where people feed and water deer since it unnaturally concentrates them in a small area.  District Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Thompson said his office received several reports of deer dying in the Cherry Heights area in the past month that and AHD was confirmed on specimen sent to the lab.  Deer with AHD can have clinical signs common to other diseases including rapid or open mouth breathing, foaming or drooling at the mouth, diarrhea, weakness and emaciation.  ODFW is also asking the public to report sightings of deer with these symptoms to its office in The Dalles at 541-296-4628.  The virus does not pose a risk to people, domestic pets, livestock or other wildlife.  Nor are there any known cases of humans getting sick from AHD or getting the disease from consuming the meat of a deer infected by AHD.  The public is asked to bury or take to the landfill any deer carcasses on their property due to the outbreak.  

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