BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. — A donkey is being treated for strangles in Bucks County, Pa. according to the Equine Disease Communications Center.
The attending veterinarian reported to the EDCC that the 4-year-old gelded donkey started showing signs of illness on June 21. A diagnosis of strangles was confirmed on June 25.
The donkey will remain isolated until a nasal wash comes back negative.
According to the EDCC, strangles is caused by the bacteria, strep equi and is spread from equine to equine through direct contact or by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces. While highly infectious, the disease is rarely fatal.
Infected animals can continue to shed the bacteria for up to six weeks post recovery.
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