According to the department, cases of epizootic hemorhagic disorder have been confirmed in West Haven and Castleton deer, but they may be related to larger outbreaks in New York.
Biting midges can spread the disease to deer, often referred to as no-see-ums. It is not transmissible from deer to deer. Humans cannot become infected by bites or midges from deer.
New York has witnessed cases of epizootic hemorhagic illness in several Hudson Valley counties. This includes some bordering Vermont.
Officials stated that while outbreaks can temporarily decrease the deer population, they don’t have any significant effect on regional deer numbers. The disease is common in the south, with occasional outbreaks in the Northeast. There are no vaccines for the virus. The disease cannot be prevented or treated. The outbreak is ended when midges die from the first hard freeze.
The department suggested that hunters whose hunting areas have been affected may explore new areas.