Saving Misty

Published April 26, 2020

A fun­gal dis­ease called “swamp can­cer” has been infect­ing, and killing, Chincoteague ponies. So the local fire depart­ment (it tech­ni­cal­ly owns the hors­es) “last year turned to an exper­i­men­tal three-phase vac­cine to inoc­u­late the animals.”

And it seems to be working.

During the recent annu­al spring pony roundup for health checks on April 18, all 148 ponies and 12 foals showed no sign of the disease.

(Climate change has allowed the fun­gus — Pythium insidio­sum — to move fur­ther north with the warmer weath­er, where it thrives in the warm marshes.)

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