Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer
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Sayler, Katherine A., Charlotte Dow, and Samantha M. Wisely. 2016. “Facts about Wildlife Diseases: Hemorrhagic Fever in White-Tailed Deer: WEC366/UW411, 5/2016”. EDIS 2016 (4). Gainesville, FL:6. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-uw411-2016.


The viruses that cause hemorrhagic disease (HD) in deer do not cause illness in people, but they are a growing problem. HD is the most important viral disease of white-tailed deer in the United States. Large outbreaks have occurred in the northern Midwest and western United States. In Florida, outbreaks are fewer and less severe in populations of wild white-tailed deer than are outbreaks among wild deer in other areas of the United States, but farm-raised deer in the state are proving vulnerable to epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus: one of the viruses that cause HD.

This 6-page fact sheet describes best management techniques for outbreaks of HD in farm-raised deer. It includes strategies for best supportive care for sick animals, diagnostics, and integrated pest management to control biting midges that spread the viruses that cause HD, because the best way to manage HD is to prevent it. Written by Katherine A. Sayler, Charlotte Dow, and Samantha M. Wisely, and published by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, May 2016.



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