Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) affects Equidae and is caused by an equid-specific lentivirus in the retrovirus family, equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV). Although the majority of persistent infections appear to result in minimal clinical signs, EIA may be seen in epizootic form with high morbidity and mortality.
EIA Testing - There’s an App for That!
The Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health Lab (CDAAHL) is the state laboratory with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. CDAAHL runs ELISA and AGID EIA testing and has a newly developed EIA Mobile Application for submitting Coggins tests.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s CDAAHL started using USALIMS, a Computer Aid Incorporated lab information management system, in March 2015 and then CDAAHL was the first lab in the country to offer the USALIMS Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) mobile application in April 2017.
The application allows veterinarians to collect the information in the field and enter it directly into the app on their mobile devices, as well as take pictures of the horses for the EIA form. The app then submits the form to your participating laboratory.
Since CDAAHL lab started using the app, 104 USDA accredited veterinarians have signed up to use the app in Colorado, 42 of which are actively using the app monthly, with a total of 5,595 submissions through the app alone.
The mobile EIA application will soon be available for use at Colorado State University and is now being used by laboratories in Pennsylvania and Florida as well. These institutions are also working on development of a generic application that will help veterinarians submit samples for Bovine Viral Diarrhea, Johne’s, Trichomoniasis, and other diseases.
To get the app: Go to your App store or Play store and search for “USALIMS”. Once downloaded, call the CDAAHL to request a username and password. Please note: This app is currently only for submitting equine serum samples to CDAAHL for EIA testing. If using another laboratory, call that laboratory to inquire if they will be using the new EIA mobile app.
For more information please contact CDAAHL at 303-869-9230 or visit the AHL Website.