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Equine Infectious Anaemia

Two horses in a fieldEquine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) is an exotic viral disease that affects horses, mules and donkeys. It is spread via biting insects.

The disease is notifiable: if you suspect the disease, you must immediately notify the duty vet in your local Animal Health Office.

Horses are most likely to become infected when travelling abroad to countries, or areas, where the disease is endemic, or from the use of biological products infected with the EIA virus. The disease is often fatal to horses. Infected animals are humanely destroyed to control its spread.

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Page last modified: 30 September 2010
Page published: 9 October 2003