New Deer Disease hits BC's Gulf Islands

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New Deer Disease hits BC's Gulf Islands

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A new disease is suspected to have killed over 60 deer on at least two B.C. Gulf Islands, according to the province.

The cause of death is suspected to be adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), a virus that was initially discovered in California, but has so far never been recorded in B.C.

A Friday news release says the dead deer were discovered on Galiano Island in September, sparking an investigation by wildlife professionals and provincial staff. The province's news release did not say where else the dead deer have been found.

Samples from the animals were sent to Canadian and United States laboratories to confirm the cause of the disease. There are ongoing AHD outbreaks in California and Oregon.
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