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Fast-spreading virus killing deer in San Juan Islands

Jun 14, 2021, 6:57 AM
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File photo of deer in Dori Monson's yard. (Dori Monson, KIRO Radio)
(Dori Monson, KIRO Radio)

Dozens of deer have been dying a strange death in the San Juan Islands, with foam coming out of their mouths.

After testing tissue samples, The Seattle Times reports that researchers discovered a fast-spreading virus in deer that operates not unlike COVID-19 does in humans.

The virus was first discovered in California in 1993 and has only been seen once in Washington state before this new outbreak.

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The virus is considered “very contagious,” and is spread by direct contact between deer and through the air.

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