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.
More details on EIA may be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.