Stable flies will bite people but only in the absence of their normal livestock hosts. Their ability to transmit the pathogens that cause diseases such as anthrax, equine infectious anemia (EIA), and anaplasmosis to animals has been documented. Stable fly bite wounds can also become secondarily infected by opportunistic pathogens. If bitten, consult your doctor for treatment if necessary. You can take medications like Benadryl to reduce itching and swelling and apply ice to the bite mark to reduce pain. Benadryl can also reduce hives caused from the bite.
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