EIA in Saskatchewan: Five Cases Confirmed

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System said the horses were epidemiologically linked to a previously identified case in Alberta and were sampled as part of an ongoing disease investigation.
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A Coggins test screens horses' blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. | Photo: Erica Larson/The Horse

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) Equine Surveillance Network reported Feb. 27 that five horses in Saskatchewan have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA).

“On Feb. 22, positive EIA results were confirmed by the CFIA’s (Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s) national reference laboratory for four horses located on a premises in the rural municipality of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, the CAHSS said in an alert on its website. “The horses were epidemiologically linked to a previously identified case in Alberta and were sampled by the CFIA as part of an ongoing disease investigation.

“An additional positive result was reported on Feb. 26, for an epidemiologically linked animal, which was exhibiting clinical signs of disease. All of the infected horses have the same owner, but one animal currently resides on a separate premises

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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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