Officials: Disease continues to spread to at least 50 more deer

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WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- The Hemorrhagic disease found in deer is spreading with 50 more cases being reported after wildlife officials said last week that 100 deer were found dead in Surry and Wilkes counties.

Authorities said the disease is spread by a bite from a tiny fly called a midge. The disease is not transmitted from deer to deer and is no threat to humans, officials said.

Wildlife biologist David Sawyer said the disease may have spread to a high amount of deer.

"That's just an indication that it's out there and in pretty good numbers," he said. "There's more deer dead out there than we know about."

Wildlife officials said it should be safe to eat deer meat, but if you see any deer appearing to be sick don't eat it. The public is urged to report any sight of sick or dead deer.

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