Today, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended portions of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) rules that require negative equine infectious anemia (EIA) tests results in the last 12 months to board, stable or pasture equine at congregation points. The rules were suspended to facilitate the evacuation of equine and equine owners in advance of Hurricane Laura making landfall. This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the 90th day following the suspension.
“I want to thank Governor Abbott for acting swiftly to help Texans protect themselves and their livestock in advance of Hurricane Laura,” said TAHC Executive Director, Dr. Andy Schwartz. “Horses without current equine infectious anemia (EIA) tests should not be turned away from safe shelter during this time. Facility and equine owners can mitigate the risk of disease spread by regularly treating horses with fly repellant and isolating equine without current EIA tests, to the extent possible, from other horses.”
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Thank you & stay safe,
Texas Animal Health Commission