Colorado EIA Update

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Colorado Weld County

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.

Colorado EIA Update

This is a summary and clarification of horses recently diagnosed with equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Colorado. On May 2, 2017, nine of 18 horses at a Weld County premises were tested for EIA and Piroplasmosis for entry into sanctioned racetracks. One horse tested positive for EIA and was euthanized and subsequently an additional nine cohort horses were tested. Two of these additional nine horse tested positive for EIA and were euthanized. The remaining 15 horses were quarantined at that barn for sixty days when they will be retested for EIA and Piroplasmosis. 

On May 12, 2017, nine more horses at a second premises in Weld County, that were epidemiologically linked to the original three positive EIA horses on the first premises, were tested. An additional three horses on the second premises tested positive for EIA and were euthanized. The remaining six horses on the second premises were quarantined for 60 days when they will be retested for EIA. Currently there are 15 horses quarantined at the initial premises and 6 horses at the second premises pending retesting for EIA.

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The goal of the EDCC is to alert the horse industry about disease outbreak information to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease. Ultimately frequent and accurate information about diseases outbreaks improves horse welfare and helps to prevent negative economic impact that can result from decreased horse use due to a fear of spreading infection. As part of the National Equine Health Plan the EDCC will serve as part of the communication to help educate and promote research about endemic and foreign disease.

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