An Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) affected premises has been identified in the province of Saskatchewan.

On March 18, 2019, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in the rural municipality of Big 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 a recently identified EIA-affected premises. No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling.

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.

Please see the CFIA website for a map of cases. More details on EHV-1 may be found on the CAHSS website.