Equine Surveillance in Canada

Creating awareness of equine health in Canada

Disease Alerts

Disease Date Location Status Description
Equine Infectious Anemia April 29, 2019 Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan Quarantine and Investigation ongoing

An Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) affected premises has been identified in the province of Saskatchewan.

Please note the following information is in addition to what the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) already communicates to stakeholders which includes:

  • notification to the relevant provincial veterinary service of any newly affected premises
  • monthly federally reportable disease updates on the CFIA website (10th of each month), which includes the number of affected premises as well as individual animal cases
  • communications with the owners or persons directly involved in the case, as outlined in the current EIA program polic

On April 25, 2019, a positive EIA result was confirmed by the CFIA’s national reference laboratory for a horse located on a premises in the rural municipality of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

The horse had been sampled by an accredited veterinarian at the owner’s request to comply with a show pre-entry requirement. No clinical signs of disease were noted at the time of sampling.

A CFIA investigation is underway and as per program policy, a quarantine has been placed on the infected horse and its on-premises contact animals. The quarantine will remain until all disease response activities have been completed, including follow-up testing and ordering the destruction of positive cases. Trace-out activities may require the CFIA to undertake actions at additional premises as outlined in the current policy.

Please visit the CFIA website for a map of cases in 2019 .

The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System Disease Alert Notifications provide important and comprehensive information on the disease while respecting the privacy of the individuals involved in accordance with Canadian privacy acts. Additional information about the specific location cannot be released. No further information is available at this time. Additional information may be posted when available.