Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) is a noncontagious, infectious disease that can affect horses and other species of Equidae (like zebras and donkeys). If you’ve never heard of the disease before, finding out that a horse you own or watch after has been diagnosed with it can definitely be alarming. The disease is caused by an RNA virus that can cause either a acute, subacute, or chronic infection. Unfortunately, the disease can be fatal. In fact, when horses are exposed to EIA, they can develop sever symptoms and die in as short as 2-3 weeks time.
If you want to learn more about this disease, how it spreads, and treatment options, read on.
How is EIA transmitted?
Generally, EIA is transmitted between horses through blood-feeding insects like mosquitoes. The virus is found hidden in