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EIA CASES CONFIRMED IN TEXAS

EIA CASES CONFIRMED IN TEXAS

April 10, 2019

According to  an article by Erica Larson in The Horse, EIA cases have been confirmed in Smith and Van Zandt counties in Texas.

In each county, a Quarter Horse was tested positive for EIA in March and both affected horses have been euthanized, according to the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC).

According to the EDCC, “Each animal’s home premises will remain under quarantine until requirements for release have been met. TAHC staff is working closely with owners and veterinarians to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures.”

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to an uninfected animal often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies.  It can also be transmitted through th use of blood-contaminated instruments or needles. A Coggins tot screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. 

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