First Wisconsin case of equine infectious anemia confirmed in Taylor County horse

TAYLOR COUNTY, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections said that a horse and a mule on the same property in Taylor County have tested positive for equine infectious anemia. 

According to a news release, these are Wisconsin's first confirmed cases of EIA in 15 years. 

Officials said there is no treatment for EIA and infected animals need to be humanly euthanized to prevent transmitting it. 

The news release said EIA is a potentially fatal viral infection that affects only equine species like horses, ponies and donkeys. Symptoms can include fever and uncontrollable bleeding. 

Horses can get EIA through blood-feeding flies, and it can be transmitted between horses through reused needles and syringes and other equipment. 

Officials warn horse owners to implement fly-control measures during fly season and to sterilize all needles used for injections. 

There is no evidence EIA is a public health concern. 

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