Colorado Horse Infected With EIA

A horse in Weld County, CO, has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The horse tested positive to a second EIA test (also called a Coggins Test) on Aug. 28. The facility where the horse was housed is under quarantine to restrict the movement of horses.

The EIA-positive horse has been isolated from other horses on the facility and the non-infected horses at the farm will be retested for EIA in 60 days.

EIA is a viral disease that is most commonly spread through biting insects; it can also be contracted by using shared needles and other equipment between horses. Horses may not show any sign of infection at all, or they may present with weakness, anemia, high fever and weight loss. There is no cure for the disease, so the infected animal must be quarantined for life or euthanized.

Read more at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.


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