Deadline closing-in for comments on national equine infection control

By The Canadian Press
June 4, 2018 - 3:51pm

OTTAWA --  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) deadline for comments on a proposed new national equine infectious anemia disease control program is drawing near.

The disease, which is also known as swamp fever, is a potentially fatal virus which can affect horses, donkeys and mules.

One of the key recommendations is for the C-F-I-A to develop a program that includes some mandatory testing requirements for certain movements of horses in western Canada.

The C-F-I-A says there's been little owner-requested testing among western Canada horse owners, even though many positive cases of the disease have been identified in the area.

The 60-day public consultation period ends June 18th.

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