No New EIA Cases Found in Britain

British animal health officials have not identified any new cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) after a horse in England tested positive for the disease in October 2012, according to a Feb. 1 statement from the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

On Oct. 3, 2012, the United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reported that a horse residing in Cornwall, England, had tested positive for EIA. According to a DEFRA statement, the affected horse was euthanized and all animals stabled with the affected horse were being tested.

According to BEVA statement, DEFRA has "completed all testing of in contact animals on the affected and related premises. All blood samples have remained negative for EIA." The statement indicated DEFRA will produce an "epidemiology summary report" in the future.

EIA is a viral disease of horses that causes intermittent fever, anemia, emaciation, and death. It can be transmitted by the exchange of blood by biting insects and occurs typically in low-lying swampy areas.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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