Colorado Department of Agriculture: About 240 horses were on quarantined premises with EIA-positive horse
September 10, 2018
State officials are working to locate about 140 horses sent across the state that shared a location with a horse that tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia in late August in Weld County.
About 100 other horses that were on the premises with the horse were sent to 20 other states across the U.S., where others are taking steps to locate, quarantine and re-test those horses, according to a Colorado Department of Agriculture news release. No other horses have tested positive for the virus so far, according to the release.
"We are asking horse owners to contact us if they purchased horses in Weld County between July 18 to August 20, 2018,” Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said in the release. “We will work with owners to see if their horses came from the quarantined property. This is an important step in the disease investigation.”
Two associated premises are under hold orders. In Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Delta, Douglas, El Paso, Mesa, Montrose and Weld counties, fifteen premises are under hold orders due to the investigation. Officials have located 37 exposed horses in Colorado, according to the release.
With no cure or treatment for Equine Infectious Anemia, the horse that tested positive has been euthanized. The quarantine and hold orders will remain in place until exposed horses on the premises test negative 60 days from the last known date of exposure to the infected horse. The Colorado Department of Agriculture can pursue civil fines against those who violate quarantine or hold orders, or animal health requirement rules. Equine Infectious Anemia poses no risk to humans.