EIA in Germany

The Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) has reported two outbreaks of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Germany. Horses and donkeys have been affected, and the source of the outbreaks or origin of

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The Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) has reported two outbreaks of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Germany. Horses and donkeys have been affected, and the source of the outbreaks or origin of infection is unknown.


“Two outbreaks of equine infectious anaemia have been reported in Thueringin (east central Germany),” said the report. In Hohenfelden, there were “27 susceptible animals, four cases, one death, and eight destroyed,” and in Isseroda, there were “two susceptible animals, one case, and one destroyed.”


The disease event began on Sept. 19, and the first confirmation of EIA was Sept. 22.


Diagnoses were confirmed on clinical examination, and on agar-gel immunodiffusion (AGID) tests at Landesamt fuer Lebensmittelsicherheit und Verbraucherschutz (Regional Reference Laboratory)

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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