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Equine Infectious Anemia in British Columbia, March 19, 2024

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
On March 19, 2024, positive equine infectious anemia (EIA) results were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in Cariboo Subdivision E, British Columbia. The owner requested an accredited veterinarian test the horse for EIA because it was exhibiting clinical signs compatible with the disease.

A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, movement controls have been placed on the infected horse and any on-premises contact animals. Initial reports indicate there are other equines on the affected premises. Movement controls will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including follow-up testing and ordering the destruction of confirmed cases. Trace-out activities may require the CFIA to undertake actions at additional premises as outlined in the current policy.