(09/26/2007)
More counties are seeing deer deaths from an insect-borne virus.

State wildlife officials say the outbreaks won't affect this year's hunting season.

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Type 2 deaths have been confirmed in the deer population in 12 counties.

The disease is not harmful to humans.

The deaths are expected to be confined to relatively small areas.

The disease is spread to deer by biting midges and is normally fatal within five or 10 days.

Cold weather usually ends any outbreak by killing the insects that spread the virus.


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