NJ: Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) Outbreak Information
The NJ DEP's Division Fish and Wildlife has been receiving reports of dead and dying deer since early August, presumptively due to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). Field investigations have yielded usable samples from seven deer to date. EHD has been isolated from five counties.
EHD is a viral disease spread by biting insects known as midges, which inhabit mud flats along waterways. As such, outbreaks are generally confined to specific drainages which contain the midges.
To date, Fish and Wildlife is aware that EHD is present in the Millstone River and Passaic River drainage systems, and reports of dead and/or dying deer have been received from the following locations:
Hunterdon County: East Amwell, West Amwell
Somerset County: Hillsborough, Montgomery
Mercer County: Hopewell, Princeton, Hamilton
Morris County: Madison, East Hanover, Harding, Florham Park, Great Swamp NWR
Union County: Berkeley Heights
There is no need for the public to report additional sick or dead deer from these locations. Hovever, sick deer or deer found dead in or near water in locations other than those listed above should be immediately reported to Carole Stanko at 908-735-7040 or Bill Stansley at 908-236-2118. It is important to immediately report sightings from potentially new outbreak areas since EHD can only be isolated from animals that have been dead for less than 24 hours.
Additional information about EHD and the outbreak can be viewed at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/newsrel/2011/11_0103.htm