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Ga. tests 50 horses for equine infectious anemia


Atlanta-Forty-one horses are under quarantine in northern Georgia following exposure to equine infectious anemia, reports Tommy Irvin, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner.

Atlanta-Forty-one horses are under quarantine in northern Georgiafollowing exposure to equine infectious anemia, reports Tommy Irvin, GeorgiaAgriculture Commissioner.

The horses were tested and quarantined as a "precautionary measure"against an incurable disease, Irvin says.

The infected horse was found during routine testing. The Athens DiagnosticLab reported the positive test on the 21-year-old quarter horse to the GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture's Equine Health Section June 11.

The horse was euthanized June 13.

"We tracked the horse's movements back through three weeks of itsnew owners and to the previous owner to find any other horse that couldhave been exposed," says Irvin. "We learned that the horse enteredGeorgia from Michigan without conforming to our certificate of veterinarianinspection and testing."

He says the state "regrets" quarantining horses, however itis a necessary measure when horses are at risk.

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials will retest the quarantinedhorses in 45 days after their exposure to the infected horse. Results arepending on all tests.

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