On April 25, 2019, a positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) result was confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premise in the rural municipality of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Eight other cases have been reported since the start of the year.

The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request to comply with a show pre-entry requirement. No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling.

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) investigation is underway and 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 may be found on the CAHSS website.