Baguio City’s ‘tourist horses’ get swamp fever

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A rare viral infection has plagued the ‘tourist’ horses of Baguio City which claimed the lives of 27 animals, the city veterinary office reported.

According to the office, 21 out of 58 horses in the city have tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or swamp fever. City veterinarian Dr. Brigitte Piok said that this disease is not curable and was caused by a virus that produces symptoms in horses such as weight loss, bleeding and swelling of the legs and chest. The virus can spread through the blood by horse flies.

The local government has released an executive order requiring the mandatory isolation of all sick horses in the city.

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