North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler, is cautioning owners of mules, donkeys and horses about Equine Infectious Anemia. This is a fatal disease in equine species that we don’t talk about much, because it’s very rare. A recent case in a 14 year-old mule in Johnston County was the first reported in the state in 12 years.
The mule has been euthanized, and the facility where she lived has been quarantined. The remaining equine at the facility were test and EIA was not detected. They will be retested in 60 days and neighboring facilities are being monitored for the disease.
EIA is most commonly spread between horese, mules and donkeys that are in close proximity to biting flies and ticks.