Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) has been detected in a horse in Northumberland following importation from the Netherlands.

Equine infectious anaemia (EIA) has been detected in a horse in Northumberland following importation from the Netherlands, Defra has confirmed.

CVO Nigel GibbensThe premises are currently under restriction and the infected horse will be humanely destroyed in line with existing regulations. The other horses on the premises are currently subject to epidemiological investigation.

The horse arrived in a group of six horses originating in the Netherlands and all have been tested for EIA as part of routine post-import testing. The other five horses in the group have all tested negative.

Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said: “This again shows the success of our post-import testing regime. These were apparently healthy horses carrying a notifiable disease that we are keen to keep out of Great Britain. After considering the risk I have decided to take appropriate action and humanely destroy this horse.”

Equine Infectious Anaemia is an exotic viral disease of horses causing intermittent fever, anaemia, emaciation and death. It is spread via biting insects. Further information is available on DEFRA’s EIA pages.

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