Irish Officials Confirm 26th EIA Case

The Department of Agriculture and Food has confirmed the 26th case of equine infectious anemia in Ireland in horse from a farm in County Meath. The premises in question has been placed under restriction.

The case was confirmed by the Department's Central Veterinary Research Laboratory following tests on a sample taken from a horse as part of the extended surveillance program being undertaken by the Department in the Meath/North Kildare/North Dublin area. The circumstances in which this horse contracted EIA are currently under investigation and all likely sources of infection are being pursued, including the possibility of any veterinary treatment linkages.

This extended surveillance program is focused on a particular population of over 3,000 horses identified by the Department for testing on a risk-assessment basis. To date some 1,500 horses have been sampled and the case today is the first case of EIA to be confirmed in this target group of horses and the first to be confirmed anywhere since Sept. 29.

Given that this latest case was in a horse which had been targeted for testing by the Department, the confirmation of a positive result is not particularly surprising. This case does, however, re-emphasize the need for horse owners/trainers to be vigilant and, in the case of any horse that shows any clinical symptoms suggestive of EIA, to contact their private veterinary practitioners and have arrangements made to have samples taken and analyzed for the disease.

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