RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has confirmed that a viral disease has killed a number of deer across the state.

Hemorrhagic disease is a common infectious disease of white-tailed deer. Outbreaks occur annually in the Southeast.

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Virginia officials said they’ve received reports from 38 counties involving 180 deer. The worst-hit area is in and around Bedford and Franklin counties.

Outbreaks are characterized by otherwise healthy-looking deer being found dead or dying near or in the water during late summer and early fall.

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There is no vaccine or medication to combat the disease. The best predictor of the disease activity is drought.

The disease does not pose a threat to humans or domestic pets. Outbreaks typically continue until the first frost kills insects that carry the disease.

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