Kentucky's EIA and West Nile Surveillance Program

During 2005, a total of 121,813 samples were tested for equine infectious anemia (EIA). For the first time since regulatory testing was initiated in the 1970s, no positive animals were identified (Figure 1). Private testing accounted for 101,650 samples to comply with state regulations regarding the sale and exhibition of equine in Kentucky or to meet interstate transportation requirements. Through market surveillance or other testing, 20,163 samples were collected.

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West Nile virus (WNV) infection was identified in nine equine during 2005, of which six survived and three were euthanatized. Eight animals had received no vaccination against WNV, and no information was available on the ninth. 

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For more information contact E.S. Rusty Ford, 502/564-3956,, Equine Programs Manager, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Frankfort, Ky.




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Rusty Ford

Rusty Ford is staff assistant and equine programs manager in Kentucky's Office of State Veterinarian.

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