Deadly (For Deer) Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Goshen, Kent, E. Haddam
I got bit by sand flies every time that I went to Hammonasset. Damn, their bite hurt. I have it better than white-tailed deer in Goshen, Kent, and East Haddam though, I survived the sand fly bites, but they didn't.
Have you come across dead deer lately? Recent deer die-offs in Goshen, Kent, East Haddam, and possibly multiple other Northwest and Southeast Connecticut towns have been attributed to confirmed cases of Hemorrhagic Disease. According to the State of Connecticut DEEP (Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) one infected deer was found in Goshen, six infected deer in Kent, and four or more recently in East Haddam. The disease was first documented here in Connecticut in 2017.
Hemorrhagic disease is transmitted by those damn sand flies/biting midges/sand gnats. The disease does not infect humans, and more so, we're not at risk by handling infected deer, or eating infected venison. Yummers.
The other good news for us humans is Hemorrhagic disease rarely causes illness in domestic animals. Also, this particular outbreak will be over soon - when we get our first hard frost. I've seen 39 already in Torrington, and soon when it gets down to 32, that's doom for those biting midges. Tick-tock sand fly, Winter is coming.
If you come across an emaciated bleeding deer with a swollen head, neck, or tongue, report it to the CT DEEP by calling 860-418-5921, or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Don't bother them with road-kill deer, just the deer that appear to have escaped from the set of the Walking Dead.