EIA Case Confirmed in North Carolina
The first case of Equine Infectionus Anemia (EIA) in North Carolina since 2005 has been confirmed. Please click the link shown below to view the full news release from the NCDA&CS Veterinary division.
This should serve as a reminder to get an annual Coggins Test for horses, ponies and mules that will be comingled at any event that occurs off the farm. Even if there are horses in the neighbor’s pasture, it is a good idea to get horses tested even if they don’t ever leave the farm.
This also reminds us to control biting insects, as that is the main means of transmitting the disease from one horse to another. Since there is no vaccine and no cure, removal of infected animals, implementing a quarantine, then testing and retesting until all animals in the quarantine area are clear is the only effective method to control the disease.
For more information on EIA and its effect on the equine industry, contact NC Cooperative Extension, Granville County at (919) 603-1350.