Swamp Cancer vaccine showing “encouraging results”

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. – Officials say a vaccination program to protect wild ponies from a disease that killed seven horses in 2018 is showing positive results.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company says they will continue giving the ponies yearly boosters to prevent Pythiosis, also known as “swamp cancer”. This disease comes from a fungus-like organism that causes painful lesions.

We’re told that after seven horses died from the disease in 2018, only one died in 2019. One unvaccinated horse contracted it since then, but has recovered.

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