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Game Commission Announces EHD Confirmed in Fayette County
Date:11/1/2007

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Walter Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian, today announced that the test result from an adult female deer has confirmed that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) has been found in Dunbar Township, Fayette County.

Other counties in which EHD has been confirmed this year are: Allegheny; Beaver; Cambria; Greene; Lawrence; Washington; and Westmoreland. EHD also was confirmed in farmed deer in Franklin County, but no wild, free-roaming deer have been found infected with EHD in that or any other counties at this time. Samples from other locations in the state are still pending and will be reported in future updates.

"Our Wildlife Conservation Officers, Land Managers and other field staff have been on the look out for evidence of EHD in wild deer," Dr. Cottrell said. "We urge anyone finding dead deer or sick deer to contact our region offices with specific information.

"Fortunately, the weather has begun to cool. We have had a hard frost in many parts of the state and, wherever it has occurred, it is expected to kill the insects that are spreading the EHD virus."

In southwestern Pennsylvania, which has experienced the majority of confirmed EHD cases, Game Commission Southwest Region Director Matt Hough cautiously breathed a sigh of relief.

"The frost we experienced this week in many parts of the Southwest Region should have killed the midges and the virus in those areas," Hough said. "We will continue to investigate timely reports of deer deaths, but look forward to the continued cooler temperatures of autumn."

Residents in other counties are encouraged to call their respective regions to report dead or sick deer. Contact information is available on page 3 of the 2007-08 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is presented to each license buyer and the agency's website (http:/
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