A routine blood test resulted in the discovery of a positive equine infectious anemia (EIA) in a 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County, North Carolina. The mule was euthanized. The remaining equids at the facility were tested and were negative for EIA.
This is the first new case of EIA documented in North Carolina since 2005.
The Johnston County facility is under a quarantine restricting movement of equine until further testing is completed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These horses will be observed and retested in 60 days. Neighboring facilities are being monitored for the disease. For more information go to http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2017/EIApositivemule.htm.
This article was created with information from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC). The EDCC works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.