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Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Health Alert

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On April 17, 2019, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in the rural municipality of Beaver River, Saskatchewan.

The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request after they became aware of a potential epidemiological link to other recently identified EIA cases. No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling.

A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected horse and its on-premises contact animals. The quarantine will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including follow-up testing and ordering the destruction of positive cases. Trace-out activities may require the CFIA to undertake actions at additional premises as outlined in the current policy.

Please visit the CFIA website for a map of cases in 2019. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/reportable/eia/premises-affected-by-eia-in-2019/eng/1549325435233/1549325435514 

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

Proposed National Equine Infectious Anemia Disease Control Program (CFIA)

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

Alberta Veteriarian Medical Association 

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    Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 April 2019 13:09 )