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Posted on: August 22, 2017

[ARCHIVED] ALERT to horse owners in SW Kansas

In August 2017, the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified that a Finney County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The facility is under quarantine and all the exposed horses were tested, with five additional positive EIA horses. Since EIA is not curable, the affected horses will be euthanized  The remaining horses at the facility will be observed and retested in 60 days. The disease is most commonly spread by biting flies and ticks. EIA does not affect people, but it can be spread to horses, mules, and donkeys. 

Follow-up surveillance is underway, and all horses within the prescribed surveillance area are being identified and Coggins tested for EIA. Animal Health officials are identifying owners of horses who have been on the positive premises in the past 60 days.

Contact Kansas Department of Agricultures facebook page or visit their website at agriculture.ks.gov/AnimalHealth for more information.

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