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Potentially deadly equine virus found in Taylor County

Taylor County (WQOW) – For the first time in 15 years, a potentially deadly horse virus has turned up in Wisconsin.

The state agriculture department said a horse and mule in the Gilman area of Taylor County have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA).

Because there is no treatment, and to prevent it from spreading, infected animals are put down.

The virus can be spread by horse flies and deer flies and by contaminated or reused needles.

It only affects equine species such as horses, ponies, mules, donkeys and zebras.

Horse owners are urged to take measures to prevent infections.

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards is the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. anchor at News 18.

Keith grew up in the Village of Lake Hallie, attending Chippewa Falls schools where he started pursuing his broadcasting education.

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