Horse Diagnosed with Disease

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The state says a horse in southwest Florida has been diagnosed with a disease thought to be eradicated in the United States.

Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson announced Friday that a 7-year-old Manatee County gelding was euthanized after being ill for three weeks.

Tests confirmed the presence of equine piroplasmosis, a parasitic blood disorder that causes fever, swelling and often death.

Bronson's office says the United States has been considered free
of piroplasmosis since 1988.

The State Veterinarian's Office is investigating the source of the disease and whether it has spread.

It can be passed through shared vaccination needles.

Bronson's office urges vets and horse owners to monitor their animals and report suspected cases.

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