The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship reported that a 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding was confirmed positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) on April 23 at a boarding facility in Polk County, Iowa.
The facility was quarantined upon notification of the positive test result. The gelding was moved to a USDA facility. All remaining horses will remain on site until 60 days after the last known exposure, then tested again. Once all remaining horses have tested negative after a 60 day period the quarantine will be released.
At that same facility, two horses were confirmed with piroplasmosis. The 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding and the 15-year-old Quarter horse gelding were both euthanized after testing positive. All remaining horses will remain on site and retested 30-days following the confirmation of the two positive horses. Once all remaining horses have tested negative after a 30-day period ,the piroplasmosis quarantine will be released.
For more information on equine infectious anemia read this AAEP Fact Sheet.
For more information on piroplasmosis visit this AAEP page.
Check out the Disease Du Jour EIA podcast with Dr. Angela Pelzel-McCluskey on EIA.
Learn more about the spread of piroplasmosis in this article.
Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.