Twelve cases of a fatal equine disease have been confirmed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
According to the department, equine infectious anemia was found in one horse herd in northwestern Nebraska.
State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes says EIA only affects horses, mules and donkeys and is usually fatal. Other animals and humans are unable to become infected with this disease.
Hughes says there are no treatment options currently available for infected horses.
Symptoms of EIA include: fever, depression, weight loss, swelling and anemia. Producers with horses, donkeys or mules that exhibit these symptoms are urged to contact their veterinarian immediately.
EIA is a blood borne disease that is typically transmitted by biting insects such as horseflies and deer flies, in addition to transmission through infected needles.
Horse owners are being encouraged to take biosecurity precautions to reduce the risk of infection in their herd. Such precautions include: implementing control measures such as husbandry practices that reduce biting insects, not sharing needles between horses and giving a Coggins test before allowing equine intermingling.
For more information, go to Nebraska Department of Agriculture
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This disease is incurable and most horses infected are under state protocol to be euthanised and disposed of properly.
Anyone in the area who hasn't gotten this vaccine yet, I would highly suggest it.