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Premises ID system proves its worth

Alberta’s Premises Identification System is 10 years old and now contains more than 43,000 premises, which provides a way of linking livestock and poultry to specific pieces of land, or premises. This information can be critical in notifying livestock owners in relation to an outbreak, natural or other disaster. The notification process was used during […] Read more

CFIA says a proposed new program would adopt a risk-based approach by targeting horses when/if they commingle.

Proposed EIA testing policy yields mixed views

Some fear mandatory testing for equine infectious anemia will be too costly for smaller equine events

New federal rules on horse movement and testing for equine infectious anemia could be challenging for some horse shows. “At that point, we can no longer feasibly budget a show at any kind of venue that would hold a larger group of horses,” said Cain Quam, owner and trainer at Quam Performance Horses in Kendal, Sask. […] Read more


New case of equine infectious anemia

A new case of equine infectious anemia has been detected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ponoka County, the office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian reported in early July. One case involving one horse in Clearwater County was confirmed in April and another case, also one horse, in Strathcona County in February. Another case […] Read more

Mandatory equine infectious anemia testing being considered

An equine infectious anemia (EIA) working group is proposing improvements to the current program for controlling the federally reportable disease. One of its key recommendations is that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency implement mandatory EIA testing for certain movements of horses in Western Canada. EIA can be difficult to detect, as loss of co-ordination may […] Read more


Fourth case of equine infectious anemia

Another case of equine infectious anemia, the fourth this year, has been confirmed in Alberta by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The horse in Clearwater County (west of Red Deer) had not been displaying any symptoms, but was sampled by a vet to comply with an organized club’s requirements. The Office of the Chief Provincial […] Read more

Case of equine infectious anemia found in Alberta

The potentially fatal equine disease can be hard to spot but horse owners should be on guard

Horse owners are being warned to be on the watch after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently confirmed a case of equine infectious anemia in Strathcona County. But the federally reportable disease can be hard to spot, the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian said in a news release. “Infected animals may show few […] Read more


Horse owners warned to watch for equine infectious anemia

Equine infectious anemia can be hard to detect but infected animals become lifetime carriers of the virus


The province’s chief veterinarian is warning horse owners to be on the lookout for equine infectious anemia. A case was recently found in Newell County by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Dr. Keith Lehman said in a letter sent to vets across the province. “The disease affects horses and other members of the equine […] Read more

Equine anemia turns up in some Manitoba horses

A viral horse disease that’s more prevalent further west in Canada has returned to Manitoba for the first time in recent memory, as horses from two municipalities have been found to caught the virus in the past four weeks. Equine infectious anemia (EIA) was confirmed in horses from a property in the RM of St. […] Read more


Understanding and controlling the risk of swamp fever

Horses that test positive must be euthanized or quarantined for life

The recent increase in confirmed cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA), also known as swamp fever, in Alberta is a reminder to horse owners that this disease maintains a constant presence in equine populations. Often evidence for infection is noted only after routine surveillance testing for EIA. EIA is a blood-borne and potentially fatal viral […] Read more

What is equine infectious anemia?

Non-contagious but infectious disease of horses, donkeys and mules; Viral disease which affects the animal’s immune system, something like HIV in humans; Symptoms include fever, anorexia, muscle weakness and wasting, swelling of the underside of belly and legs; Horses infected with the EIA virus carry it for life; Transmitted by larger bloodsucking insects, mainly horseflies […] Read more