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Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) also known as “Swamp Fever,” is an equine viral disease that is closely related to the HIV virus that causes AIDS in people. Horses become infected when a blood-sucking insect (mosquitoes, ticks, horseflies) bites an infected horse, then moves on to bite and infect another horse. Horses with EIA may die suddenly, become chronically ill, or develop a carrier state where they appear healthy but carry the virus. There is no cure for EIA, and the only way the disease can be controlled is by identifying carriers.
The presence of EIA is determined with a blood test developed by veterinary researcher Dr. Leroy Coggins. A negative Coggins means there has been no exposure to the virus, and a positive indicates that the horse is infected.
Stringent testing laws have nearly eliminated EIA from the United States. A negative Coggins Test is now required for horses travelling across any state lines. For the majority of states, a yearly negative test is adequate for entry. Some states require a negative test within the last six months.
Our office staff can certainly assist you with the requirements necessary when traveling to another state or to Canada. Give yourself 7-10 days (minimum) to make sure all regulatory requirements are met and in order before you travel. Happy Trails!
Phenomenal veterinarians and excellent service! I appreciated the care the vets and technicians took for each and every one of my animals. Their attention to detail and concern for the well being of my stock was much appreciated.