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Updates on Hemorrhagic Disease in Deer

Updates made to the DEC on hemorrhagic disease to deer

Bill Conners

It was just last week that I raised an alarm about Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) in our whitetail deer. At that time, it was “the other guy’s” problem because it had only been reported in counties to the south and west of us here in Dutchess. The situation has since changed.

This weekend I took a call from a hunter who informed me he was watching a deer that was drooling or foaming at the mouth and seemed very unconcerned about its surroundings. At that moment, it was standing in the middle on the road in front of his truck.  (See link for article)



Reports of positive deer in VA, WV, and OH with suspect cases reported in NJ. PA Department of Agriculture has confirmed EHD in a deer from a captive facility in Crawford County in the NW region.

EHD was first confirmed in 2007.  Outbreaks occur when biting flies or midges are prolific in late summer and early fall. Midges prefer mud for a breeding habitat, and deer outbreaks occur when they congregate in these wet, muddy areas during the dry season.  Thankfully a hard frost kills the flies, killing the virus with it.

Symptoms in deer:

  • fever
  • hemorrhage in muscle or organs
  • swelling of the head, neck, tongue and lips
  • lameness
  • dehydration

There are no treatments or prevention methods, but the dead deer do not serve as a source of infection for other animals.  The article states while the illness is rare in the North, outbreaks occur.

The author states:

Although there is no evidence that humans can contract the disease through midge bites or by consuming venison that has been infected with EHD, my personal advice is to pass up any opportunity to harvest and consume any animals showing signs of sickness.

He also recommends contacting your state department if you encounter sick or dead deer, particularly if there is more than one deer in an area or if carcasses are found near water. 


EHD with Tom Cooley and the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab at MSU.

Autopsy results shows fluid accumulation found under the skin, around the muscles, and deposits of blood in the chest cavity, stomach, intestines, and hemorrhaging.  

While he states humans can eat this infected meat, I would err on the side of caution.  

More CDC ‘Senior Moments’

More CDC ‘Senior Moments’

According to the WaPo, new CDC guidelines on how COVID-19 is spread was quietly changed on its website overnight.  Currently, all mention of airborne spread has been deleted:

In a short disclaimer on its website Monday, the CDC said the changes had been “posted in error.” 

According to Dr. Mercola’s website:

Friday, the changes noted that the virus is airborne and that particles in the air could spread it. Monday, that information was gone — and had even been erased from the internet archive Wayback — and the site reflected the same information that had been before, that it is spread mainly between people in close contact when they cough, sneeze or talk. 

CNN noticed the new changes in the guidelines Sunday, and was first to report on it, according to The Washington Post. The CDC “updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread ‘through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols. Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,’” CNN said. 

When the changes and change-back caused a flurry of news reports and speculations of how a draft report came to be posted and why it was taken down, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted that publishing what he called “scientifically valid information” and then pulling it down was “very likely a scandal.”

However, The New York Times said that “experts with knowledge of the incident said … the latest reversal appeared to be a genuine mistake in the agency’s scientific review process, rather than the result of political meddling … Still, the reversal prompted rebukes from even the CDC’s staunchest supporters. It’s not something that instills a lot of confidence, right? said Dr. Carlos del Rio, an infectious disease expert at Emory University. ‘It doesn’t help at all.’”


Meanwhile, WHO holds its ground:


The WHO’s Ryan said the agency still believes the disease is primarily spread through droplets, but that in crowded closed spaces with inadequate ventilation, aerosol transmission can occur.

CDC Waffles Again. Now, ‘You Need a Test’

Asymptomatic people (without symptoms) who have been exposed to COVID-19 for at least 15 minute should be tested, the CDC said on Friday, in a reversal of its policy introduced in late August:

Please know that COVID testing is abysmal:

A positive might just mean you have a cold:

Antibody testing, similarly to Lyme antibody testing is wrong up to half or more of the time:

And the PCR is horrific:


I’m skeptical that a PRC test is ever true. It’s a great scientific research tool. It’s a horrible tool for clinical medicine.Dr. David Rasnick, bio-chemist, protease developer, and former founder of an EM lab called Viral Forensics

Rasnick’s advice for people who want to be tested for COVID-19.

Stay tuned for the next episode of the CDC comedy of errors & reversals.



Disappearing From Society – Moving Short Film on Lyme Disease” data-wplink-url-error=”true”>http://  Video Here. Approx. 17 Min.

Disappearing From Society

Disappearing From Society, is a short documentary that features four people with chronic illnesses, written and produced by Sarah Schlichte Sanchez. The short stories capture the daily struggles of those who seem to be falling off the face of the planet, as they spend more and more time in bed. Sarah is an advocate in the Lyme community, recently releasing her new children’s book, “Little Bite, Big Trouble” (available through Amazon) and hosting Lyme Voice, a podcast with her husband Aaron Sanchez.

This project has been my heart and soul. What started as a 7 minute video about one (pretty dang incredible) woman, resulted in MUCH more than simply my Senior thesis. It became a part of me… because it WAS me in a way, though I’m not in front of the lens. I truly hope this piece might allow for some hope on your journey to health.

“The Illness eventually controlled my every move.”

More Than Half of Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Lacked Symptoms Says CDC

CDC: More Than Half of Pregnant Women With COVID-19 Lacked Symptoms

— Two studies found high prevalence of asymptomatic infection
A close up of a mother wearing a protective mask holding her newborn in the hospital
More than half of pregnant women admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 were asymptomatic, researchers found.

Of 598 hospitalized pregnant women with COVID-19, about 55% were asymptomatic, while 16% of symptomatic pregnant women were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), about 9% required mechanical ventilation, and two women died, reported Miranda Delahoy, PhD, of the CDC, and colleagues, writing in an early edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Of 458 women who completed pregnancies at hospital discharge, 448 were live births, with 10 pregnancy losses, which occurred among both asymptomatic and symptomatic women. However, there were no ICU admissions, mechanical ventilation, or deaths among asymptomatic women, the authors noted.  (See link for article)


For more:  WHO finds no COVID in breast milk yet pregnant women are targeted for COVID vaccine.

Earlier today I posted Dr. Popper’s video admitting that COVID-19 testing is ‘uncertain,’ yet we learn that they want to test newborns not once but twice (despite the fact most pregnant women are asymptomatic):

Here’s a great example of how many can test negative, then positive, then negative.



Learning to Live Well With a Persistent Illness

Learning to live well with a persistent illness

Jennifer Crystal, MFA

When we get an acute illness like the flu or a cold, we feel sick for a week or two and then get back to our usual lives. This is how illness is “supposed” to go. But what happens when illness doesn’t fit this bill? What do patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, or with persistent symptoms of Lyme disease or long-haul COVID-19, do when they can’t go back to their normal lives? Having suffered from the latter two — tick-borne illnesses that have plagued me for two decades, and a case of COVID-19 that took four months to shake — I’ve learned a few lessons about living with persistent illness.  (See link for article)



Great advice.  Most of it is attitude.