NY reports 1st 2022 case of another deadly virus.  This time it's not about you

NY reports 1st 2022 case of another deadly virus. This time it’s not about you

If your heart drops a little every time you hear New York announce a “first case” of something these days, you’re not alone. This latest Empire State development needn’t sink it any further, but it’s something State Department of Environmental Conservation officials urgently notify you of.

The agency confirmed Wednesday that a white-tailed deer in the Dover Plains in Dutchess County recently died after contracting Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD), a more often-than-dead infection transmitted by biting mosquitoes — those infamous pests that are so hard to spot. to many people they just call them “no-see-ums” or “punkies”.

However, the itchy bites are much harder to ignore. People are bitten by those insects, but EHD cannot be transmitted to humans, state officials say. The disease cannot even be passed from deer to deer. It comes straight from the insect bites.

The Dutchess County case is the first confirmed EHD case in New York this year. Multiple other deer deaths are under investigation, officials say, and New Yorkers are being asked to report sightings of sick or dying deer here.

EHD is endemic to the southern United States, where the virus breaks out annually, but outbreaks in the Northeast are sporadic, leaving deer in the Big Apple devoid of immunity, officials say. Once infected, deer usually die within 36 hours.

Symptoms include fever, bleeding into muscles or organs, and swelling of the head, neck, tongue, and lips. A deer infected with EHD may appear lame or dehydrated. They are often found dead by water sources. There is no treatment for EHD and no preventive measures. Dead deer cannot spread the infection. Typically, EHD outbreaks don’t end in the Northeast until the first severe frost kills the no-see-ums that transmit the disease, officials say.

The EHD virus was first confirmed in New York in 2007, with relatively small outbreaks in Albany, Rensselaer and Niagara counties and in Rockland County in 2011. saw the public report on 1,500 dead deer as part of the investigation into the viral outbreak.

That 2020 outbreak was likely completely obscured by the virus affecting humans, COVID-19, and awareness of a 2021 EHD outbreak that saw more than 2,000 reports of dead deer, primarily in the counties of Ulster, Dutchess, Columbia, Oswego and Jefferson, was probably a victim of the same thing.

While EHD outbreaks have no significant long-term impact on deer populations, death rates can be high in small geographic areas where immunity is lacking, environmental authorities say. Read more about EHD here.

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