EIA Confirmed in Alberta, Canada

A horse purchased at auction tested positive on a Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada, premises.
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Bonnyville Alberta Canada

A horse was tested positive for EIA in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has reported a confirmed case of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in the municipal district of Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada. 

On January 11, 2019, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for a horse on a premises in the municipal district of Bonnyville, Alberta. The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request after it had been purchased from an auction mart. No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling. 

A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animal and its on-premises contact animals. The quarantine will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including follow-up testing and the destruction of positive cases. 

For more information from CFIA go to https://www.cahss.ca/surveillance/equine/.

This information was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.

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