EIA Found in Wasatch County, Utah, Horse

The horse was imported from Mexico earlier this year but tested negative for EIA at that time.

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The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) has reported that the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has confirmed the first case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in that state in several years.

“The 14-year old dark bay Quarter Horse gelding located in Wasatch County was originally tested for sale and movement to California, but was not moved due to a positive EIA test,” the EDCC said. “The horse was immediately quarantined and retested for EIA as well as equine piroplasmosis (EP). The EIA test was again positive but the EP test was negative.”

The owner elected to have the horse euthanized.

“This horse was imported from Mexico in April of 2016 with National Veterinary Services Laboratories negative test results for EIA, EP, glanders, and dourine,” the EDCC said. “Ten other cohort horses that are also quarantined on this ranch have been tested for EIA and results are pending. Twelve other cohort horses that had tested negative to EIA in the spring of this year and sent to Arizona recently are in the process of being identified and located

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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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