EIA Quarantine Lifted in England

The quarantine for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wiltshire, England, has been lifted after three sets of tests showed horses free of the disease. The testing was required after two mares imported from Romania in December tested positive in January for EIA, also known as swamp fever.

The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) conducted the tests at 30-day intervals on 50 horses exposed to EIA at a stable in Swindon, Wiltshire. The horses had been isolated, and none tested positive at any time, according to a report by Horse and Hound. DEFRA thus declared the stable free of the disease and lifted the quarantine.

The positive mares, which were later euthanized, had arrived in England from Romania via Belgium Dec. 22. It marked the first occurrence of EIA in Great Britain since 1976. EIA is an untreatable disease, spread by the exchange of bodily fluids, including via insect vectors. Because affected horses remain infectious carriers for life, they must be euthanized or permanently quarantined from other horses, donkeys, and mules.

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Tracy Gantz

Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

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