Virginia game officials reported Thursday an increase in the amount of dead deer from a disease that has spread through five states.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said 152 dead animals have been discovered in or near outdoor water sources as of Oct. 12 over a seven-county region in Southwest Virginia.
The highest number of deer deaths from hemorrhagic disease or 'blue tongue' is in Scott County with 64, the data showed. The agency noted that the sickness is common but rare in the species in that part of the state.
Reports of the disease in neighboring Kentucky are currently over 4,300 cases, VDGIF reported.
Muzzleloading and firearm deer season for hunters begin next month in Virginia, according to the agency.
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