Dourine is a contagious disease of horses and donkeys. It is transmitted only by coitus (intercourse) and characterized by inflammation of the external genital areas, skin lesions and paralysis. The disease is confined to equines. Horses are more susceptible than donkeys and mules.
Once widespread, this disease has been eradicated from many countries. It is currently present in most of Asia, southeastern Europe, South America, and in northern and southern Africa
Humans are not susceptible to the disease.
Dourine is a reportable foreign animal disease. Report any confirmed or suspected case to: MT State Veterinarian 406-444-2043 and MT USDA APHIS Veterinary Services 406-449-2220.