Yet another positive result for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) has been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s national reference laboratory for a horse in Saskatchewan. This is the eighth case in the province since February. These have involved horses in Meadowlake, Big River and Lakeview.
The latest case involves a horse located on a premises in the rural municipality of Beaver River, SK. The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request after they became aware of a potential epidemiological link to other recently identified EIA cases. 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 horse and its on-premises contact animals. 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.