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EIA in British Columbia: Two Cases Confirmed

Two horses residing on one premises in Cariboo Sub. B., British Columbia, Canada, tested positive for EIA. A veterinarian tested the horses as their owner suspected they’d been exposed to EIA, but neither horse was showing signs of disease at sampling.

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A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported Dec. 11 that two horses residing on one premises in Cariboo Sub. B., British Columbia, Canada, tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) on Dec. 7.

“The horses were tested at the owner’s request as exposure to EIA was suspected,” the EDCC said. “The horses had no clinical signs of disease at the time of sampling.

“A CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) investigation is underway and, as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animals and their on-premises contact animals,” the EDCC continued. “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 program

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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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