Bluetongue Infection Rate in Missouri Deer Difficult to Pin Down
Eric Stoyanov
August 31, 2012 10:33 AM

JEFFERSON CITY - While extreme drought conditions are increasing the amount of deer infected with the bluetongue virus, state conservation officials said exact infection rates are difficult to determine.

There are currently 1,100 deer that are believed to have died from the bluetongue virus, said Emily Flinn, a state deer biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. However, Flinn said it is difficult to know the exact number of cases since diseased animals may not be noticed right away...