On Feb. 22, 2019, positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) results were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)’s national reference laboratory for four horses located on a premises in the rural municipality of Meadow Lake, SK. The horses were epidemiologically linked to a previously identified case in Alberta, and were sampled by the CFIA as part of an ongoing disease investigation.
An additional positive result was reported on Feb. 26, 2019, for an epidemiologically linked animal, which was exhibiting clinical signs of disease. All of the infected horses have the same owner, but one animal currently resides on a separate premises.
As per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected animals and the 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.