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ATLANTA,
Ga. – The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Animal Industry
Division has confirmed three positive cases of Equine Infectious Anemia
(EIA) in quarter horses at a Paulding County facility. This makes eight
confirmed cases in 2018. 

In
compliance with federal guidelines and protocols, the affected horses
were humanely euthanized.  There is no cure or vaccine for EIA.   The
remainder of the horses at the facility are under quarantine pending
follow up testing in 60 days.

“With
no cure, the most appropriate course of action is to euthanize the
affected horses,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Cobb. “The quality
of life for these animals decreases dramatically; without humane
euthanasia, there would be a prolonged struggle against this terminal
illness.”

This
blood-borne disease is transmissible to all equine including horses,
donkeys, mules, and zebras. EIA can be transmitted through biting flies
and shared equipment. Disease symptoms can vary widely and include
weight loss, weakness, anemia, and swelling of legs, chest and abdomen.
The disease is not transmissible to humans or other pets.

EIA
is most common in the quarter horse racing industry.  GDA officials are
working to better communicate to those involved in the industry
regarding prevention and symptoms of EIA.  For more information on
Equine Infection Anemia, please visit agr.georgia.gov/2019-animal-health-news.aspx

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