Equine Infectious Anaemia (EIA), also known as Swamp Fever, has been detected in two horses in Wiltshire following importation from Romania via Belgium, Defra has confirmed. EIA is an exotic viral disease affecting horses, mules and donkeys.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) are in regular contact with Defra to discuss the issue and receive updates.
BVA and BEVA are reminding all veterinary surgeons of the potential for spreading EIA by the iatrogenic route (through the use of contaminated blood or blood products, instruments or needles) and best practice must be followed at all times when treating or testing animals.
For up-to-date advice and information please visit the Defra website and, in particular, see the useful Q&A on EIA.