EIA in Georgia Horses: Three Cases Confirmed

The three affected Quarter Horses from Paulding County have been euthanized.
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A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. | Photo: Alexandra Beckstett/The Horse

In a Jan. 11 statement, the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Animal Industry Division reported that three positive cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) were confirmed in Quarter Horses residing at a Paulding County facility in late 2018. Including these cases, there were eight confirmed cases of EIA in Georgia County in 2018, the GDA said.

In compliance with federal guidelines and protocols, the affected horses were euthanized. The remainder of the horses at the facility are under quarantine pending follow up testing in 60 days.

“With no cure, the most appropriate course of action is to euthanize the affected horses,” said State Veterinarian Robert Cobb, DVM. “The quality of life for these animals decreases dramatically; without humane euthanasia, there would be a prolonged struggle against this terminal illness

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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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