The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) offers alerts about equine diseases that have been confirmed by reliable sources. The following information is from the EDCC.
EIA Confirmed in Horse from Armstrong, Manitoba, Canada
On June 23, 2017, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a newly affected premises in the rural municipality of Armstrong in the province of Manitoba. This animal had been sampled by the CFIA as part of an ongoing investigation that began in the rural municipality of St. Clements earlier this month.
The infected horse had previous contact with the animals on the index premises and was not exhibiting any obvious clinical signs.
As per the current program policy, the CFIA will be testing susceptible animals on the newly identified premises in Armstrong.
The infected animal had recently attended some commingling events where mandatory EIA testing was not required by organizers. The event organizers have been notified by the CFIA of the potential exposure and it has been strongly recommended that they inform other participants of the risk.
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