Chincoteague Wild Pony Dies of ‘Swamp Cancer’

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.

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