- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The first cases of bluetongue virus have been found in two New Jersey deer.

The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that the virus was found in a deer that died in Basking Ridge, Somerset County, on Sept. 4., and one that day in Stirling, Morris County, on Sept. 19.

Humans are not affected by the disease, but the state advises people against consuming meat from any animal that appears ill.

The disease is spread through the bite of a midge and is similar to epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

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