Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHD) in deer and cattle is another potential drought problem and can cause significant death loss in deer. Usually, however, the strain of EHD virus in cattle is uncommon, rarely fatal and usually associated with an epidemic in deer.
The virus is transmitted by a specific biting midge but some gnats and mosquitoes may transmit it as well. EHD in deer has been correlated with droughts because the deer tend to concentrate around the few wet areas available and these are where the gnats breed.
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