Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Location: Jefferson County, Colorado
|Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:03 am Post subject: Latest on EIA per Dept of Ag as of 09/12/18
|As of September 12th, 2018, the Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Incident in Colorado has resulted in:
Only one confirmed positive EIA horse in Colorado which is the index case
The index premises in Weld County is under a quarantine order; two associated premises are under hold orders
Thirty two (32) premises are under hold orders in 16 Colorado counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Delta, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Larimer, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Phillips, Weld
The counties are not under Hold Orders, only the premises within the counties are under the Hold Orders until re-testing is complete
Sixty-six (66) exposed horses have been located in Colorado
A Quarantine is issued to a location that housed an EIA-infected horse. A Hold Order is issued when horses had contact with an infected horse but have not tested positive for EIA and are being held for re-testing. The Quarantine and Hold orders will remain in place until the exposed horses on the premises test negative at the 60-day re-test. This re-test date is 60 days from the last known date of exposure to the positive horse.
Both quarantine and hold orders, include movement restrictions. No horses are allowed to move off of the premises. For premises that are under a Hold Order, equids can be moved into that property but those new horses are also subject to the terms of the Hold Order and cannot be moved off the property until re-testing is completed.
The EIA positive horse was brought into Colorado from South Dakota, was EIA tested in Colorado, and found to be positive; it was euthanized August 28, 2018 as there is no cure or treatment for the disease.
What can horse owners do to protect their horses?
Use good fly control for your horse and your premises EIA is spread through deer flies and horse flies
Keep your horses Coggins test current it is recommended once a year and is required if the horse moves across state lines
Work with your veterinarian to determine an appropriate isolation period for any new horses bought or moved in; along with an overall animal health plan for your horses
Get a pre-purchase exam and Coggins test before buying a horse
Follow State laws and regulations: CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection), Coggins test, and Brand Inspection before bringing horses into Colorado from another state