EIA Reported in Dallas, McLennan Counties, Texas

The affected Dallas County Standardbred horse and McLennan County Quarter Horse have been euthanized and their home premises will remain under quarantine until requirements for release are met.

EIA in Texas
A Coggins test screens horses' blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. | Photo: Alexandra Beckstett/The Horse

Texas animal health officials have confirmed two more cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported July 13.

“Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed EIA in one Dallas County Standardbred horse and one McLennan County Quarter Horse,” the EDCC said. “The positive horses have been euthanized and the premises will remain under quarantine until requirements for release have been met. TAHC staff is working closely with owners and veterinarians to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures.”

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to a noninfected animal, often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies, and more rarely through the use of blood-contaminated instruments or

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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