EIA-positive horses confirmed in Paulding County
The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Animal Industry Division announced three confirmed positive cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in quarter horses at a Paulding County facility in late 2018, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to eight 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.
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, visit www.agr.georgia.gov/2019-animal-health-news.aspx.