Defra confirmed yesterday (03/10/12) that a horse in Cornwall has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA).
This is the first case of the viral disease to be reported in the UK since 2010. Before the 2010 cases, there had been no cases in the country since 1976.
EIA is most commonly spread by biting insects, there is no treatment and horses confirmed to carry the disease are required to be destroyed by law. Twenty five other horses live at the same yard as the horse that tested positive – 23 have tested negative and the other two are currently being tested.
To find out more about EIA, visit www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/a-z/equine-infectious-anaemia/
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