- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - With the deer season opening Saturday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says it’s OK for hunters to eat meat from black-tailed deer infected in a disease outbreak in the southwest corner of the state.

Rogue District biologist Mark Vargas in White City says the disease attacks deer digestive systems, but the venison is as fine as wild game can be.

Vargas told the Mail Tribune (https://bit.ly/1xBrSwD) the diseases are no threat to humans.

The diseases known as AHD and EHD have killed hundreds of deer in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties. Both cause fevers that send deer into water where the carcasses are often found.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/


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