The county’s Animal Services Department said on October 30 that nearly 40 donkeys or wild donkeys died as a result of the horse flu outbreak in Hebin County.
The deaths began in mid-October, mainly in the Ridge Canyon area near Moreno Valley and Colton. The county press release stated that in Moreno Valley, follow Pigeon Pass Road, Heacock Street/Reche Vista Drive and Redlands Boulevard About six people died in the foothills of (Redlands Boulevard).
Animal Services spokesperson John Welsh said most of the deaths were young donkeys. Wales said donkeys are not vaccinated, so they are more susceptible to diseases such as flu.
Officials said that San Bernardino County officials did not report any cases. The release state said that this number is expected to increase.
According to the American Equestrian Association, equine influenza is one of the most contagious infections. It includes upper respiratory tract viruses in horses and horse family members, vizis and donkeys. It is an upper respiratory tract viral infection. It is through atomized droplets. And cough spread quickly. Practitioners.
DonkeyLand is a voluntary Burro rescue center on Reche Canyon Road near Colton. It has treated about 22 cases of Burros who have become ill due to influenza. As of Friday, most have been released.
“I have witnessed at least 50 free-roaming wild donkeys coughing. These donkeys come from various cattle herds in the wild.” said DonkeyLand founder Amber-LeVonne Cheatham, who helped rescue and recover many sick and dying animals.
Jordan (Cheatham)’s facility can accommodate about 100 animals, He said the first task is to separate sick donkeys from healthy donkeys. An animal service official said that it is not yet certain how many donkeys live in the mountains between the riverside district and San Bernardino County, but it is estimated that there are about 500.
“It’s sad. DonkeyLand president and husband of Amber-LeVonne Cheatham, Chad Cheatham, said that we are now experiencing this disease. He said that donkeys should be placed in a stress-free environment, with adequate food and watering. But “resources are limited.”
The owners of DonkeyLand stated that they “have not lost any goods that have been taken to the rescue center.”
Some symptoms of equine flu include fever, lethargic behavior, high temperature, and swollen lymph nodes. County experts say that clinical signs are more common and severe in young horses between 1 and 5 years old, but may be more severe in donkeys and muzi. Older horses usually suffer from milder diseases.
They said the virus will not affect humans or other animals.
Dr. Alisha Olmstead, a veterinarian from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Ontario, said in a press release that influenza is one of the most common respiratory diseases in equine and vaccines are available on the market.
Dr. Paul Wan, a veterinarian at Norco SoCal Horse Hospital, said: “The viral infection in their lungs became so severe that they died of pneumonia and suffocated.
Wan also works with DonkeyLand’s sick donkey. He said there is no “flu season” in equine animals, but these outbreaks occur periodically.
When wild animals gather and gather together, especially in limited underdeveloped areas, there will be “peaks of disease”.
He said: “Most of the time (affecting) young people because their immune system is not well developed.”
Wan said that DonkeyLand’s donkey ros was treated with non-steroids, vaccine injections and antibiotics to prevent further infection. He suggested that horse owners should pay attention to the body temperature of their animals.
Riverside County, state and animal department officials monitoring the outbreak urge horse owners to remove animals from their enclosures, especially if they are in areas with frequent donkeys, and consult their veterinarian. If possible, they should vaccinate people who have previously vaccinated horses with booster vaccines, keep guests away from the horses, and avoid traveling if the horses are exposed. This will help prevent the virus from spreading on clothes, equipment, brushes, shared buckets, hands, and release states.
The Riverside County Act prohibits public feeding.
The county is receiving help from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Veterinarian, DonkeyLand Rescue, Moreno Valley Animal Service, and San Bernardino County Animal Protection and Control Department. The sick donkeys were transported to DonkeyLand by officials in Riverside County, Moreno Valley, and San Bernardino County for quarantine and repair, as well as removal of any dead donkeys.
To report dead, distressed, sick or isolated goods, please call:
- Riverside County Animal Service Bureau, 951-358-7387
- Moreno Valley Animal Sanctuary 951-413-3790
- Redlands Animal Control Bureau 909-798-7644