An Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) affected premises has been identified in the province of Alberta.
On March 29, 2019, positive EIA results were confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for two horses located on a premises in Clear Hills County, AB. The horses had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian to comply with U.S. import 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 horses and their on-premises contact animals. Initial reports indicate there are several equines on the affected premises. 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 policy.