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Monday, September 24, 2018

URGENT All 2018 CPRA finals contestants!

URGENT All 2018 CPRA finals contestants!
We are sorry for this short notice. Due to the recent outbreak of the EIA (equine infectious anemia) in the State of Colorado, and in an effort to contain the virus and protect our contestants animals, we will be requiring up to date Coggins and health papers on all horses competing in the 2018 CPRA Finals rodeo. Proof of papers will be required when checking in at the rodeo secretary’s office. We have been in contact with our 2018 CPRA finals veterinarian, Dr. Jody Morris and believe this is warranted at this time.

See Links Below:

Equine Disease Communication Center

Colorado Dept of Agriculture


EIA Update 09/07/2018:
The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office (CDA) has determined, with the help of records from the Brands Division and Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory, that approximately 240 horses had been on the premises during the same time as the index positive animal. Approximately 100 of these horses were sent to 20 other states across the country and those State Veterinarian’s are taking steps to locate, quarantine, and re-test those horses.
CDA is working to locate approximately 130-150 horses that went to different premises across Colorado. We have limited contact information for many of the people that purchased these horses. If you have clients who believe they have purchased horses from the index premises, please direct them to contact our office at ‪303-869-9130.
So far, the investigation has resulted in:
· The index premises in Weld County is under a quarantine order; two associated premises are under hold orders. The EIA-positive horse was euthanized.
• Fifteen (15) premises are under hold orders in nine Colorado counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Crowley, Delta, Douglas, El Paso, Mesa, Montrose, and Weld
• Thirty-seven (37) exposed horses have been located in Colorado
A quarantine is issued to a location that housed an EIA-infected horse. A hold order is issued when the horses had contact with an infected horse but have not tested positive for EIA and are being held for re-testing. The Hold orders will remain in place until the exposed horses on the premises test negative at the 60-day re-test. This re-test date is 60 days from the last known date of exposure to the positive horse. If your clients are requesting you to perform these re-tests, please call our office if you have any questions.
CDA is actively monitoring and working to ensure compliance with the quarantine of the index premises and the hold orders issued for premises with exposed horses. The Department does have the legal authority to pursue civil fines against those who violate quarantine, hold orders, or animal health requirement rules. Due to state laws and regulations, CDA is limited by the details that can be shared regarding individual operations under investigation, quarantine, or hold orders.

The EIA Mobile App, USALIMS Mobile, is available through the Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory. If you are interested in using the EIA Mobile App, please contact Tiffany Brigner, Laboratory Director, at ‪303-477-0049.
Original Release 08/28/2018:
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) received presumptive positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test results on Friday, August 24, 2018 from the Rocky Mountain Regional Animal Health Laboratory. An additional confirmatory ELISA was completed on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.
The horse arrived at a Weld County, Colorado premises from another state on July 18, 2018. The horse did not have a negative EIA test or Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) prior to entering the state of Colorado. CDA is working to confirm the traceback to the state of origin.
The initial EIA test for this horse was completed for movement into Wyoming. The horse left the Weld County premises on August 20, 2018 with the EIA test still pending and no CVI, which violated Wyoming’s import requirements. The horse was returned to Colorado on August 25, 2018 and was re-sampled for additional confirmatory testing on August 28, 2018.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently working on tracing all of the horses that have been imported and exported from the Weld County premises since the arrival of the EIA-positive horse. All horses exposed to the positive horse will be placed on a hold order until they have had an initial negative EIA test and 60-day negative EIA re-test.
Equine Infectious Anemia
Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is a viral disease spread by large biting insects (such as horse flies and deer flies), inappropriate use of needles, or other equipment used between susceptible equine animals such as horses, mules, and donkeys. Infected horses may not appear to have any clinical signs of the disease, although it can cause high fever, weakness, weight loss, an enlarged spleen, anemia, weak pulse, and even death. There is no cure for the disease, so infected animals must be quarantined for life or euthanized. EIA is not transmissible to people.
Equine Infectious Anemia is a disease for which horses must be tested annually before they can be transported across state lines. The test for EIA is commonly called a Coggins Test.
For additional information on EIA, please visit the CDA Equine Infectious Anemia website. EIA is a disease that is reportable to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, State Veterinarian’s Office. Visit the CDA Livestock Health website for guidance on reportable diseases.
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