Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed in Alberta, Canada

An EIA-positive horse was confirmed in Lac Ste. Anne County in Alberta, Canada.
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Lac Ste. Anne County Alberta Canada

An EIA-positive horse was confirmed in Lac Ste. Anne County in Alberta, Canada.

On June 3, 2021, a positive equine infectious anemia (EIA) results were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta. 

The horse had been tested by an accredited veterinarian at the request of the rescue facility’s owner to comply with a pre-entry requirement. 

A CFIA investigation is underway, and as per EIA program policy, movement controls were placed on the infected animal. Initial reports indicated that this horse had been isolated and did not have contact with any others. Movement controls will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including ordering the destruction of the confirmed case. 

Trace-out activities might require the CFIA to undertake actions at additional premises as outlined in the current policy.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.

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