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Department confirms further case of Equine Infectious Anaemia

The Department of Agriculture and Food has today confirmed an additional case of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA) on a premises which is currently restricted following an earlier confirmed outbreak.

The horse which was confirmed today with EIA is the dam of one of the foals that was confirmed with the disease last month.

The Department is continuing to trace all horses that were in direct contact with any of the confirmed cases and has put in place an intensive testing regime to ensure that all direct contacts are tested for any evidence of the disease. To date, in excess of 1,800 test results have been received and today's confirmed case is the only one of those to have tested positive.

The Department is reiterating its advice to stud owners/managers and other horse owners whose horses may have moved from farm-to-farm during the recent breeding season and who have not yet had their horses tested for EIA to do so now.

The two premises on which the earlier outbreaks occurred remain restricted.

5 July 2006

Date Released: 06 July 2006