(AP) -- More than 2,000 deer in 76 Illinois
counties likely have died from a virus that often kills the animals but poses
no risk to humans.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources
released an update Thursday on epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD. State
officials say the highest number of deer came from Cook, Calhoun, Coles, Macon
counties. The gnat-borne virus causes high fever and severe internal bleeding.
The first deaths in Illinois
were reported in August.
officials are asking hunters or landowners who find sick or dead deer to
contact their nearest IDNR field office.
Other animals such as elk, mule deer,
pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep are vulnerable.
There is no vaccine or effective treatment
for the disease.