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Deadly equine virus confirmed in Taylor County horse, mule
TAYLOR COUNTY - Two animals in Taylor County tested positive for the state's first case of a deadly virus in nearly 15 years.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirmed a horse and mule both have equine infectious anemia, or EIA.  Both animals were on the same property, but DATCP did not specify where in Taylor County.

The virus can cause fever, uncontrollable bleeding, weakness and even death. There's no cure, so animals with EIA are usually put down.

Horses can get the virus through blood-feeding flies or re-used needles and syringes. DATCP recommends animal owners find ways to limit flies in the area and clean and disinfect all medical equipment used on the animals.

EIA can also infect zebras and donkeys. There's no evidence that humans can get sick from EIA.

Story By: Lane Kimble

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