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Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Health Alert

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MAR 1, 2018 - Positive Case of Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed in Alberta

More details on EIA may be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website

Testing for EIA randomly and preadmission and to comingling sites is a controversial topic and there are many equine owners who do not want to test, possibly because they don’t want to know or take a chance that an animal of theirs may be positive. This is to suggest that the correspondence from Alberta's Chief Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Keith Lehman is informative and carefully written.

Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) is in the process of researching some methods of increasing the practicality and costs of testing as well as timeliness of receiving results. Should equine owners and custodians assume more responsibility respecting the protection of our herd? 

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Understanding the Threat of EIA - Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Horse Journals

What is EIA? 

Equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as “swamp fever,” is a viral disease of horses and other equids (i.e. donkeys, mules, and zebras) that causes recurrent episodes of fever, lethargy and destruction of red blood cells (anemia) and platelets (thrombocytopenia).. (more)

With neither cure nor vaccine in existence, veterinarians and ­researchers must 
supervise the equine infectious anemia virus ­closely to avoid widespread disease

Alberta Veteriarian Medical Association 

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    Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 March 2018 06:24 )