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Viral horse disease found in M.D

A disease that affects horses has been found in at least one animal in the Lakeland. Equine Infectious Anemia is a potentially fatal viral disease affecting horses and other members of the equine family, like donkeys and mules. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says one case was confirmed in the M.D of Bonnyville in the month of October.

While there is no human health risk, the farm where the diseased horse was found has been quarantined. The horse carrying the disease was also destroyed. It is believed that the transfer of contaminated blood is what causes the disease to spread. Bugs like horse flies and deer ticks can carry infected blood from animal to animal as well.

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