EIA in Texas: Cases Confirmed in Smith, Van Zandt Counties

In each county, a Quarter Horse tested positive for EIA in March, and both affected horses have been euthanized.

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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

On April 8 the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported that the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Smith and Van Zandt counties.

In each county, a Quarter Horse tested positive for EIA in March, and both affected horses have been euthanized, the EDCC said.

Each animal’s home premises “will remain under quarantine until requirements for release have been met,” the EDCC said. “TAHC staff is working closely with owners and veterinarians to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures

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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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