Four Texas Horses Test Positive for EIA

The cases are in Harris, Ector, and Johnson counties.
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Four Texas Horses Test Positive for EIA
A Coggins test screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. | Photo: The Horse Staff

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have confirmed four cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in the state: two in Harris County, one in Ector County, and one in Johnson County. All cases involved Quarter Horses.

All premises involved are under official quarantine until TAHC’s requirements have been met. TAHC staff continue to work with owners and attending veterinarians to monitor horses that were potentially exposed, and to enact enhanced biosecurity protocols.

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

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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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