On Dec. 7, 2018, positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) results were confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for two horses on a premises in Cariboo Sub. B., British Columbia. The horses had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request as exposure to EIA was suspected.

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 animals and their 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 program policy.

More details on EIA may be found on the CFIA website.