A case of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) has been detected in Red Deer County.

Signs of EIA and what to do

Infected animals may show few clinical signs of disease, particularly in the early stages of infection. However, infected animals remain carriers of the virus for life, putting other animals at risk. Infected animals may show some of the following signs:

  • loss of coordination*
  • anorexia
  • depression
  • general weakness
  • intermittent fever up to 41°C
  • jaundice
  • bleeding under the tongue and eye
  • swelling of the extremities
  • weight loss
  • *Note: loss of coordination may be the only clinical sign observed.

If you suspect your horse may be infected, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Many other diseases can cause the same signs in horses, which is why it’s so important to call your veterinarian to examine and possibly test your horse for EIA.

Preventing EIA and more information

Ask your veterinarian about preventing EIA in your horses, or visit the CFIA website at bit.ly/1gNSwGN to learn more about prevention and for general information about EIA. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian at 780-427-3448.

Received from:

Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian
OS Longman Building
Suite 905, 6909 – 116 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 4P2 Canada
Telephone: 780-427-3448
Fax: 780-415-0810

From: Dr. Keith Lehman Chief Provincial Veterinarian Date: March 12, 2019

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