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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

More Deer Die-Offs Biological Hazard Event Reported on Tuesday, 23 October, 2012

Wildlife officials say a disease spread by biting flies has killed about 130 white-tailed deer in the state. Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife officials reported that the outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease started about 6 weeks ago. 

Officials say some 74 dead deer were found in Redden State Forest. Hunters and farmers are asked to report any dead deer to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.  

Biohazard name:     Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, cervids
Biohazard level:      
2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.:     
Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. "Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures", see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.