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Department confirms new cases of Equine Infectious Anaemia

The Department of Agriculture and Food has today confirmed the latest case of Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), bringing to twenty-one the number of confirmed cases since the middle of June.

The Department is currently investigating the circumstances of this latest case, which was in a horse on a previously unrestricted premises and that had not been part of the Department's extensive surveillance and control programme. The premises has since been restricted, bringing to twenty-three the number of premises currently under restriction. The Department has also completed a process of tracing any other horses that may have been in contact with this most recently confirmed case.

In addition to this latest case, a further three cases have also been confirmed in the past week in horses which had previously been identified as being part of a group of high-risk horses.

The Department confirmed that the EIA surveillance and control programme is continuing. It again reminded horse owners and those involved in the industry that they should continue to be vigilant and maintain high standards of biosecurity. Any horse presenting any of the clinical symptoms suggestive of EIA should immediately be blood sampled and tested for the disease. The Department appreciates the continued assistance of horse owners and others in the equine industry in its efforts to contain and eradicate the disease.

8 September, 2006

Date Released: 08 September 2006