Please find the latest update on the confirmed case of EIA in Cornwall earlier this month, the bulletin comes from the AHVLA South West Region - If you have any comments to make regarding the bulletin, please contact the AHVLA,South West:

  • On 3 October 2012, Defra confirmed Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) Disease in a horse on a premises near Bodmin, Cornwall. The horse was humanely destroyed on 3 October and preliminary cleansing and disinfection carried out. The other 25 horses on the premises have tested negative for EIA. Restrictions will remain in place until a second test is negative, at least 90 days from the initial test.
  • Two adjacent premises with a total of 4 resident horses have been placed under movement restrictions. The four horses on the premises have been tested for EIA and the results were negative. Restrictions will remain in place until a second test is negative, at least 90 days from the initial test.
  • A detailed investigation is underway to better understand the origin of the disease. We are exploring potential links between the EIA positive horse which was humanely destroyed in Devon in September 2010 and this incident. Information from TRACES shows that 18 horses were imported on the same day in April 2008 in the same two consignments as the 2010 Devon case and the current case in Cornwall. They were listed on two different health certificates but were transported from the same Belgian premises, in the same vehicle, to the same destination in Devon.
  • Investigations to establish the current location of the remaining 16 horses from this consignment (and an indication of their health status whilst resident on the importing premises) in order to investigate their EIA status, have been instigated and are ongoing. To date a single horse from this consignment has been traced to premises in Torquay. The horse was tested for EIA and the results were negative. Restrictions have been lifted. Three other horses have also been identified and are in the process of being traced, two of these animals are believed to still be in the South West.
  • A report case 2.5 miles from the infected premises had restrictions lifted on 11 October based on a negative test and there being no epidemiological link to the infected premises or the consignment of horses that were imported in 2008 with the infected horse.
  • One horse was moved off the IP during the tracing window, having spent 4 days stabled next to the infected horse on the infected premises. Test results are negative but the horse Restrictions will remain in place until a second test is negative, at least 90 days from the initial test.

 

For further details including the clinical signs of EIA please see the following link. http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/a-z/equine-infectious-anaemia/

The disease is notifiable: if you suspect the disease, you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) office.

Again, if you have any feedback for us in relation to the bulletin, please e-mail to: ahvlaswengland@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk