The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced that epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is confirmed as the cause of death for the deer mortality in the northern Chester and southern Berks county areas.

Since Aug. 29, dead deer have been found in the effected areas, according to a release from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

EHD is an often-fatal disease caused by a virus which affects the white-tailed deer populations in the United States and is contracted through the bite of insects called “biting midges.”

The virus usually kills deer within five to 10 days and is not spread from deer to deer contact, according to the release.

EHD is not infectious to humans, but deer displaying EHD symptoms are not suitable for consumption because of the rapid deterioration of the meat.

The Game Commission asks residents to call their office at 610-926-3136 to report dead, sick or injured deer.

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