‘It’s Appalling Is What It Is’: Equine Infectious Anemia Case Sends Officials Tracking Dozens Of Horses

A single case of Equine Infectious Anemia has state animal health officials in Colorado and Wyoming hunting down over 100 horses across multiple states. The viral disease has no cure and requires infected horses to be kept at least 200 yards from others for the rest of its life.

The horse, which was purchased from an unidentified livestock lot in Weld County, Colo., had blood pulled to be tested for EIA, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, but shipped to Wyoming before the results were back.

The Coggins paperwork typically required for inter- and intrastate travel is supposed to attest to a horse’s negative status for EIA, which can lurk for up to 60 days in horses before blood tests will identify it as positive.

Now, animal health officials estimate there were 240 horses who were on the lot at the same time as the infected animal, many of which must be traced, tested, and quarantined until testing comes back negative.

Horse owner Brittnee Woodward-Whithead said that despite the importance of Coggins paperwork and health certificates, she has never been stopped during transport and asked for them.

“It’s appalling is what it is,” she told the Reporter-Herald. “People get to skirt the laws and get away with it.”

The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office is requesting that anyone who has purchased horses in Weld County between July 18 and Aug. 20 contact them.

Read more at the Loveland Reporter-Herald

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