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post #1 of 8 Old 03-25-2014, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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EIA, six cases in West Tennessee

For the folks who do a lot of riding in Tennessee, specifically West Tennessee but don't relax too much if you're from Middle TN or East TN.

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This is up-to-date information for any of you who do a lot of riding.

There is no vaccine for EIA, that is why many states order a horse PTS'd if it tests EIA positive via the Coggins test.
Here's the article

Everyone should read it, just to put a period and bold letters on the fact there is no vaccine and if your horse were to test positive twice in the state of Tennessee, say goodbye to it :(

Also note, the last comment states a horse can indeed become EIA positive from contaminated needles :o


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post #2 of 8 Old 03-25-2014, 04:15 PM
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Wow. That is too close for my liking.....
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-01-2014, 05:37 PM
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This is the most recent news i can find.....anyone have any more info/details?

Six Horses in Tennessee Quarantined After Testing Positive for Equine Infectious Anemia
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I cannot pull up the link for the article. I am in North Georgia and We go to Big South Fork. so I want to know all there is to know on this. Please keep this thread posted if you hear/know any info.


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Oh great one more thing to add my horse worry list. As if there wasn't enough already :(
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-03-2014, 06:35 AM
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This is all the article says, i am amazed there is not more info available yet. It has been over a week since the first report.
Six horses in Tennessee have been put in quarantine after testing positive for Equine Infectious Anemia. Horse owners in the state are being advised to test for the virus. Equine Infection Anemia is most commonly spread from horse to horse through mosquitoes. The insect draws blood from one horse carrying the virus. The virus multiplies in the mosquito, but does not harm it. When the mosquito has another blood meal, a small amount of the virus is 'injected' into the next victim, along with the anti-coagulating saliva it uses to make sure that the tiny wound it made doesn't seal over before it's finished its meal. It's also this saliva that our body reacts to by becoming red and itchy.
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Equine infectious anemia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Under Prevention & Treatment there is a vaccine in China and one under development in the USA.
Strainge that there is not one on todays market?
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I've lived in Italy where they had their outbreak 2009-10, came from contaminated blood plasma from Eastern Europe. All horses had to be tested, several came up positive. They'd give you the choice of putting down or quarantine for life. They have a herd of 20, I believe, living way out in the wilderness, some negative horses also, and all are healthy, nobody got newly infected.
It developed into a long term study, maybe it will eventually change the way of handling this disease. And not only mosquitoes are to blame, horse flies are much more efficient in transferring the bug. Testing states only that the horse is negative at the moment of drawing blood, it can turn around, get bitten and be positive, so the 12 month tests really prove nothing.
logic tells me keeping the biting bugs off is key. As simple as that.
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