A viral disease has caused the death of around 180 deer across Virginia, and the hardest-hit area is in both Bedford and Franklin counties. According to the Department of Inland Game and Fisheries, hemorrhagic disease has been reported in 28 counties. Hunters are not at risk of getting the disease, and the disease poses no threat to humans or domestic animals. DGIF officials said that outbreaks of this disease are characterized by healthy-looking deer being found dead or dying near or in water during late summer and early fall. There is no vaccine or medication to combat the disease, and the best predictor of the disease is drought. Outbreaks reportedly happen annually and continue until the first frost kills the insects that carry this disease.