EIA in Saskatchewan: Cases Confirmed in Two Municipalities

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency national reference laboratory confirmed one case in the rural municipality of Beaver River and another in the rural municipality of Meadow Lake.
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A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. | Photo: Stephanie L. Church/The Horse

Horses in two municipalities in Saskatchewan, Canada, have tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA), the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) reported May 2.

On April 17, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory confirmed a positive EIA result for a horse residing in the rural municipality of Beaver River.

“The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request after they became aware of a potential epidemiological link to other recently identified EIA cases,” the EDCC said. “No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling

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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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