EIA Identified in British Horse

United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has reported that a horse residing in Cornwall, England, has tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA). The department announced the finding on its website on Oct. 3.

According to the statement, the affected horse will be euthanized and all animals stabled with the affected horse are being tested.

"All other precautions were promptly taken to prevent infection from spreading, including movement restrictions on the premises at which it was stabled," the statement read.

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.

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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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