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Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) - Premises infected with EIA in Canada in 2015

Updated 26 JUN 2015 -- EIA Warning: 7 Cases Reported in Pincher Creek

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has reported seven newly confirmed cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in the municipal district of Pincher Creek. These incidences bring the total number of EIA cases in Alberta to ten for 2015. EIA is considered a sporadic disease in Canadian horses, with an overall low occurrence in horses across the country. Last year there was only one reported case in the province, though previous years within the last decade have seen much higher rates of infection.

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.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) 

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    Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2015 08:20 )