Concerns in Germany regarding Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)
Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) EIA is a viral disease that affects a horse’s immune system. The virus reproduces in the horse’s blood cells and circulates throughout the body. The horse’s immune system produces antibodies, which attack and destroy its own blood cell components. The result is anemia and organ-damaging inflammation.
With a number of Western of events under-way or imminent in Germany this has been a concern for many riders/owners, with a number of competitors choosing to stay away from shows in Germany.
The following statement has been made by AMERICANA
AMERICANA Statement concerning latest Developments of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in Germany
August 7, 2015
After the positive tests of EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) in three horses in Bavaria/ Germany, the AMERICANA team very carefully looked into the development of this affair together with the official veterinaries of Augsburg as well as the show vet team of the Animal Hospital Gessertshausen.
In the interest of all horse owners, we agreed on the following decision:
- All horse owners are requested to take a valid Coggins-Test to AMERICANA – edited not before August 5.
- All German horses are admitted to the showground only if a valid horse passport (EQUIDENPASS) can be presented
- Horses from other EU Countries must have a valid Health Certificate, approved by an Official Veterinarian within the last days before entering Germany
- Horses from Non- EU Countries must have a valid Health Certificate approved by Germany. The Certificate must be edited by an Official Veterinarian from the home country within the last days before entering Germany
The detailed statement is publishe upon www.americana.de