On Nov. 21, 2018, a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse on a premises in the County of Athabasca, Alberta. The horse 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 animal and its 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 program policy.
More details on EIA may be found on the CFIA website.