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A mule in Aiken, South Carolina has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. This is the first case of EIA in Aiken since the 1990s. In fact, South Carolina is the only Southeastern state in which no positive cases of EIA were recorded in the last ten years.

The mule, which has been euthanized and is said to no longer pose a threat to other equines, lived in the Fox Chase subdivision which borders the Hitchcock Woods. Since the disease is carried and transferred via mosquitos and horseflies, and since the Hitchcock Woods are a center of equine activity in Aiken, concerns are raised about the potential spread of the disease.

Like the HIV virus in humans, the EIA virus weakens the immune system of equines and leads to other diseases. Click for more details in the WRDW-TV news report by Travis Ragsdale.

Posted September 5, 2014

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# Julie McKee 2014-09-09 09:49
according to the owner of the mule, on FB, said there was only one drawing of blood and no second drawing. Labs do make mistakes, and it would not be the first time that a sample came back positive and on the second and third drawings of blood they were neg.
They did take a large amount of blood from the mule before putting him down, so hopefully this will tell a different story.Time will tell
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