Nearly 40 burros, or wild donkeys, have died from a horse flu outbreak in Riverside County, the county Department of Animal Services said.
The deaths, first seen in mid-October, mainly occurred in the Reche Canyon area, near Moreno and Colton Valley. About six deaths have occurred in Moreno Valley, at the foot of a hill along Pigeon Pass, Heacock / Reche Vista Drive and Redlands Avenue, a state that reports on the county’s news.
John Welsh, a spokesman for the Animal Services Department, said most of the deaths were young. These wolves are more susceptible to illnesses like the flu because they are not vaccinated, Welsh said.
San Bernardino County officials did not report any cases, the officials said. That number is expected to increase, the release said.
Horse flu, an upper respiratory viral infection found in horses and members of the equine family ̵1; including dung beetles, mules and donkeys – is one of the most contagious, contagious infections. quickly passed through aerosol droplets and coughs, according to the American Horse Association of Practitioners.
DonkeyLand, a volunteer-run rescue center along Reche Canyon Road near Colton, has received about 22 people with the flu. As of Friday, most have been released.
“I’ve seen at least 50 wild dogs that roam freely with coughs. These hounds come from many different flocks in the wild, ”said Amber-LeVonne Cheatham, founder of DonkeyLand, who helped rescue and recover many sick and dying animals.
Cheatham, where the facility can take about 100, indicates that the priority is to separate diseased animals from healthy ones. Animal Service officials say it’s not sure how many wolves live in the hills between Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but an estimated 500 are.
“Painful. We are overwhelmed with the illness that is experiencing them right now, ”said Chad Cheatham, president of DonkeyLand and husband Amber-LeVonne Cheatham. The little dogs are kept in a stress-free environment, well fed and watered, but “resources are limited,” he said.
DonkeyLand’s owners said they “did not lose a cake” were taken to their rescue center.
Some of the symptoms of horse flu include fever, lethargy, high temperature and enlarged lymph nodes. The county experts say more common and more severe clinical signs in younger horses – 1 to 5 years old – and possibly more severe in donkeys and mules. Older horses often have milder illnesses.
The virus does not affect humans or other animals, they say.
Dr Alisha Olmstead, a veterinarian with the California Department of Agriculture and Food in Ontario, said in a news that flu is one of the most common infectious diseases in the respiratory tract of horses and that there is already a vaccine. -xin on the market.
Dr. Paul Wan, a veterinarian at SoCal Equine Hospital in Norco, said “the viral infection in their lungs got worse, and they died of pneumonia and asphyxiation”.
Wan, who also works with the sick at DonkeyLand, says there is no “flu season” for equine animals, but these outbreaks happen cyclically.
When wild animals gather and push each other, especially in limited undeveloped areas, a “high epidemic” will occur.
“Most of the time (it affects) young people, because their immune systems are not well developed,” he said.
The DonkeyLand burros are treated with nonsteroidal injections, vaccines, and antibiotics to prevent further infection, Wan added. He suggested that breeders know the temperature of their animals.
Riverside County, state and zoo officials overseeing the outbreak have urged horse owners to move their animals away from fences, especially if they’re in areas where thieves are frequent. steal and consult their vet. If possible, they should vaccinate previously vaccinated horses, keep visitors away from horses and avoid walking if the horse may have been exposed. This will help avoid transmission of the virus on clothes, equipment, brushes, common water buckets, hands, release statuses.
A Riverside County ordinance prohibits the public from feeding petty thieves.
The County is receiving help from the California Department of Agriculture and Food veterinarians, DonkeyLand Rescue, Moreno Valley Animal Services, and San Bernardino County Animal Care & Control. Diseased dogs were transported by officers from Riverside County, Moreno Valley and San Bernardino to DonkeyLand for quarantine and rehabilitation, as well as the removal of dead bugs.
To report a dead, distressed, sick or orphan, call:
- Riverside County Animal Services Department, 951-358-7387
- Moreno Valley Animal Control, 951-413-3790
- Redlands Animal Control, 909-798-7644