An equine biosecurity alert has been issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency which oversees biosecuity and livestock including equines. The CFIA report of April 15, 2011, indicates the first case of Equine Infectious Anemia also called "Swamp Fever" has been confirmed in the west central area of the province of Saskatchewan.
The horse has been humanely euthanized, and the twelve in-contact members of the herd are isolated and undergoing further testing.
Equine Infectious Anemia is an infectious and potentially fatal viral disease of horses and related species such as donkeys and mules.
Signs of the disease may include, fever, depression, progressive weakness, weight loss, swelling of the legs and abdomen, and anemia. Many horses affected with EIA show no clinical signs of the disease; however, they remain carriers of the virus for life, and can be a source of infection for susceptible animals.
All horse owners, members and horse event managers are alerted to the need for vigilance in the control of this disease and are urged to require a negative EIA test for any horses coming in to a premise from an outside location. This includes boarding stables, horse shows, clinics, trail rides, or any event that invites or allows the assembly of horses from more than one location for any purpose.
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As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.
She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.
Staying up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..