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Hunters should not be concerned with eating venison

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has recently received numerous contacts from hunters concerning the safety of eating deer meat.  These concerns were apparently brought about by recent news that a significant hemorrhagic disease outbreak in deer being reported in many southeastern states. Although hemorrhagic disease (HD) can cause sickness in deer, it is not a disease that affects people, pets, or livestock. Therefore, there should be no concern among deer hunters related to the safety of eating venison.

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