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Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Health Alert

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On February 6, 2019, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in Red Deer County, Alberta. The horse had been sampled by the CFIA to comply with export conditions and no clinical signs of the disease were reported at the time of sampling. A CFIA investigation is currently underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animal and its on-premises contact animals. Initial reports indicate that there are several equines on the premises. 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.

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, 14 February 2019 09:29 )