Kansas and Nebraska Games and Parks said the cause is two similar diseases, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease and Blue Tongue Disease. The diseases are spread through bites by a certain gnat or midge. The diseases cause the deer to suffer a loss of appetite. As the deer grow progressively weaker they tend to salivate excessively. Deer with EHD develop a high fever, drink excessively and tend lie down in the water to reduce their body temperature. Deer develop a shock-like state and ultimately die. The disease is often fatal in deer.
Charlie Lee, Kansas State Research and Extension Wildlife Specialist said 24 counties in Kansas have reported cases of EHD. Less said any hunter who shoots a deer and suspects it’s infected, should contact Kansas Game and Parks. Nebraska Game and Parks is requesting all suspected cases be examined regardless of if the hunter plans to process the meat for record-keeping purposes.