Positive Case of Equine Infectious Anemia Confirmed in Alberta

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Below are details pertaining to a newly identified EIA-affected premises in the province of Alberta. Please note that this information is in addition to what the CFIA already communicates to stakeholders which includes:
  • Notification to the relevant provincial veterinary service of any newly affected premises
  • Monthly Federally Reportable Disease updates on the CFIA website (10th of each month) – this includes the number of affected premises and individual animal cases
  • Communications with the owners or persons directly involved in the case, as outlined in the current EIA program policy

On December 13, 2017 a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a premises in Newell County, Alberta. The animal had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian to comply with U.S. export conditions; no clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling. A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animal and its on-premises contacts. The quarantine will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including follow-up testing and ordering the destruction of positive cases. Trace-out activities may require the CFIA to undertake actions at additional premises as outlined in the current program policy.

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