EIA Death in Alberta, Canada

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Beaver County Alberta Canada

An EIA-positive horse died in Beaver County, Alberta, Canada.

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 Death in Alberta, Canada

On June 9, 2017, a positive equine infectious anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s national reference laboratory for a horse that had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian on an Alberta premises in Beaver County. 

The horse was exhibiting clinical signs that were compatible with EIA, and it died shortly after being sampled. A CFIA investigation is currently underway on the index premises and work is being done to identify other potential contacts as per current policy.

Sourced from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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