The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed New Jersey's first cases of bluetongue virus in two deer.
The virus was confirmed in one deer in Somerset County and another in Morris County. The clinical signs of bluetongue are identical to epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has occurred seven times in the state since 1995. The disease can only be differentiated by testing.
People are not at risk by handling infected deer or eating infected deer meat, although the Division strongly advises against consuming meat from any game animal that appears ill. The disease can be transmitted to certain types of livestock.
Remember blue tongue in another state. Was devastating in areas.
Luckily I was ready to accept it's emergence early. Cleared out and went hunting over 100 miles away the next day.
Puts a lot of pressure on a hunter and hunters, very familiar with an area. Blue Tongue isn't very logical.