No extra measures needed to combat EIA
MARE owners in Britain have been advised that they do not need to take any extra precautionary measures in the build up to thebreeding season as a result of the recent outbreak of EIA (Equine Infectious Anaemia), the first in the country for 34 years.
Also known as 'swamp disease', EIA was confirmed in two non-thoroughbred horses imported from Romania via Belgium via Wiltshire on January 16. Because there is no cure, both horses had to be put down, but the curtailing measures taken by the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs have so far meant the disease has not spread beyond the farm where the horses were found.
"We are relieved that DEFRA's subsequent investigations to date have confirmed no spread to other horses (in contact with the two diagnosed imports), which indicates that at the present time there is no need take further action," said Louise Kemble, chief executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.