Deer virus prompts concern for Wash. islands, mainland

2021-06-14

Adenovirus hemorrhagic disease is spreading among deer on islands in Washington state, prompting reports of dead animals and concern that mainland animals could soon be affected. Washington State Veterinarian Kristin Mansfield says the virus, initially discovered in California nearly three decades ago, causes blood vessels to leak fluid into surrounding tissues, and it could be spread by scavengers, people carrying the pathogen on shoes or tires, or by deer swimming between islands.

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