Fatal Equine Disease - 12 Dead in Nebraska
Twelve cases of a fatal equine disease have been confirmed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
According to the department, equine infectious anemia was found in one horse herd in northwestern Nebraska.
State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes says EIA only affects horses, mules and donkeys and is usually fatal. Other animals and humans are unable to become infected with this disease.
Hughes says there are no treatment options currently available for infected horses.
Symptoms of EIA include: fever, depression, weight loss, swelling and anemia. Producers with horses, donkeys or mules that exhibit these symptoms are urged to contact their veterinarian immediately.
EIA is a blood borne disease that is typically transmitted by biting insects such as horseflies and deer flies, in addition to transmission through infected needles.
Horse owners are being encouraged to take biosecurity precautions to reduce the risk of infection in their herd. Such precautions include: implementing control measures such as husbandry practices that reduce biting insects, not sharing needles between horses and giving a Coggins test before allowing equine intermingling.
For more information, go to Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Equine Disease Hits Herd in Northwestern Nebraska - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings
This disease is incurable and most horses infected are under state protocol to be euthanised and disposed of properly.
Anyone in the area who hasn't gotten this vaccine yet, I would highly suggest it.
There is vaccine for EIA as far as I know.
EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA: The Only Protection is Prevention - AAEP
Not that this has anything to do with this but...
We had a small bout of Herpes in some of the race horses around here. It started in Ontario and spread to Nova Scotia and Quebec.
And no, there is no vaccine for EIA, but a blood test is pulled. Called a 'Coggins'
If there were a vaccine, then your piece of paper would mean, once you got the test and the vaccine, that your horse could not be positive. Then it would actually be useful.
Right now, all we can do is keep our ears and eyes open and keep ourselves informed and aware.
Sorry, Faydesmom, but Coggins testing is a proven way to reduce incidence of the disease.
Everyone, in all regions, should get their horses tested for EIA yearly, and ones who travel to compete year round, should get it twice yearly. Yes, as soon as the blood is drawn it is possible for the horse to get infected and for it not to be detected until the next test. However, if we create a culture of doing regular tests then we can catch any budding outbreaks sooner and have carriers of the disease put down sooner, before infecting more horses.
The same argument can be said for pap smears and mammograms - and yet most women still go through with these tests at an interval recommended by their doctor.
It is about population health, especially with any communicable disease. Can you imagine if no one tested regularly for AIDS??
There is a small fact sheet, there is also a larger, more recent study done with a map of EIA cases detected by year versus # of horses tested that I cant find..
Piece of paper or not, there is nothing we can do except keep aware and alert about what's going on around us.
I personally refuse to attend events during the buggy seasons where a Coggins test is not required.
Demanding testing is the only way to ensure eradication of the disease. If people around you are not in the habit of testing, there could be an outbreak down the road and you would not know until your own horses were sick. Same with group trail rides, shows, clinics, etc..
Testing is the only way to ensure your horses, and the horses of others are not sick.
Is it in arizona? What can you do IF your horse has it?
That piece of paper is not useless, it indicates that you've tested......and by testing you are avoiding the possibility of transmitting EIA to other non-positive horses and being able to implement quarantines and divert an outbreak.
An ounce of prevent is worth a pound of cure.....and there is no cure, so all we can do is prevent transmission as best we can.
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