Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or Coggins

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that affects the horses’ immune system.

It is transmitted via blood-sucking insects; flys and mosquitos.

The virus actually reproduces bad blood cells and circulates them throughout the body.  The horse’s immune system attacks the blood cells and destroys them, causing anemia.  This can cause inflammation and damage to vital organs.  With the immune system in a weakened state, the threat of secondary infections occurring is another great concern.

There is no known cure for EIA, so it is crucial that you test your horse for this viral disease.

You should have your horse tested every year for Coggins.

Texas was the number one state reporting EIA in 1993.

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