A horse on Chintogeaue Island, VA has died of a fungal infection, despite an attempt to save her via surgery. Refer to this story, which appeared today in The Virginian-Pilot.
The affliction usually produces lesions on the lower limbs. Horses can become infected through a wound if they stand in water containing the pathogen.
At least seven ponies on the island have contracted the illness and seem to be recovering from the surgery, but it’s a slow process according to the volunteers who care for them.