Texas Horse Confirmed With EIA

TAHC officials are working with the local veterinarian and the horse’s owner to mitigate the disease’s spread.
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Texas Horse Confirmed With EIA
A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. | Photo: Alexandra Beckstett

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have confirmed a Brazoria County Quarter Horse with equine infectious anemia (EIA). The horse’s premises is under quarantine. Until TAHC requirements have been met and quarantine released, officials will work closely with the local veterinarian and the owner to enact biosecurity protocols and monitor horses that have potentially been exposed.

About EIA

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to an uninfected animal, often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies. It can also be transmitted through the use of blood-contaminated instruments or needles.

Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. Most U.S. states require horses to have proof of a negative Coggins test to travel across state lines

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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