DECATUR - Macon County deer are among the most severely affected in the state by disease outbreak.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says at least 70 deer have been killed by epizootic hemorrhagic disease so far this year. The disease, better known as EHD, is caused by biting midge flies, which are prevalent due to the dry weather.
The disease has not affected humans but can rarely be transmitted to domestic animals without lethal effects. Over 700 dead deer have been reported in 51 counties, with the most in Cook County.
If you find a dead deer, you are encouraged to report it to the local IDNR office at 423-7113.