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Negative Coggins Test Required for Equine Entry to the Wyoming State Fair

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10 August 2012

DOUGLAS, WY - As part of the ongoing effort to protect animal health at the Wyoming State Fair, all equine entering the 100th Wyoming State Fair must have a negative Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) test regardless of the state of origin.

Horse/equine exhibitors, event contestants, rodeo stock contractors and all other equine preparing to enter the grounds will be required to have a copy of the negative EIA test at the animal health check in and that information must also be on their certificate of veterinary health inspection. All of the EIA testing must be done only at APHIS approved laboratories so please make arrangements to have these tests completed before the fair.

The requirements are in place this year due to the presence of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the requirements placed on them to be able to return to Canada. The negative EIA test requirement for out of state origin equine that has been in place will continue to be in place during the 100th State Fair and equine of Wyoming origin will also need the negative test to enter the grounds this year. In order to facilitate this momentous event with more people and animals than normal coupled with special circumstances, extra precautions are needed to ensure animal health at the fair.

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), also called Swamp Fever, is a viral disease of equine species for which there is no prevention, no treatment, and no cure. Swamp Fever is found periodically in Wyoming and it spreads through insect bites and without a way to treat or cure the disease, the only prevention is to keep infected animals away.

For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Jim Logan, WY State Veterinarian at (307) 421-1682; Dr. Bob Meyer, WY Assistant State Veterinarian at (307) 256-0952; Dr. Chris Strang, WLSB Field Veterinarian at (307) 256-4019; or James Goodrich, Wyoming State Fair Director at (307) 358-2398.

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