As of November 1, players must present certificate for each horse.
November 1 marked the deadline the AAP set for players to present appropriate documentation for each horse playing at Palermo or on AAP grounds in Pilar.
There was a meeting during the first days of October to discuss the problems of Equine Infectious Anemia; Vets, directors of the AAP and AACCP, breeders, players and representatives of the SENASA and diagnostic labs gathered to discuss the problem. Over forty people gathered to propose solutions and ways to avoid the disease, especially since this location is not endemic to the Anemia.
The conclusion reached was to intensify horse control in specific establishments and private clubs. Bill Buchanan, director of the AACCP, spoke to PoloLine about the issue: “The AAP gave players until November 1 to gather certificates for each horse that will play in Palermo or the AAP grounds in Pilar stating they tested negative in the last thirty day for Equine Infectious Anemia. The same was advised for affiliated clubs.”
Regarding the latest outburst of Equine Infectious Anemia, Buchanan stated: “People in the farms should also be made aware of this; they should test their horses and alert their neighbours. We also recommend using laboratories that can be trusted and are equipped to handle the analysis, as well as certified vets.”
What role does the AACCP play in this case?
The AACCP does not have legal power. Our role is to advise, not to control. We also work to spread awareness and transmit the severity of the issue.
How serious is this virus in particular?
The virus produced by the anemia is similar to that of AIDS, a Retroviridae, Lentivirus. It is spread through the blood by mosquitos, infected needles, etc. It can be spread through animals in a state of viraemia, even those that show no symptoms. This is general and affects all animals. Fever, anemia, jaundice, and edema are some of the symptoms. The animal can recover clinically, but the virus can spread anyway.
Have many cases been detected?
Here, in Pilar-Rodríguez, there have been several. Also in Laboulaye (Córdoba), Lobos, San Nicolás, Perdices (Entre Ríos), among others. We have to be alert; there are still many places that are not controlled.
To conclude, the Director of the AACCP states: “It is important for players to be aware. Their loss can be significant if they are not careful. It leads to a loss economically; if a horse is infected, unfortunately they must be put down. We are suggesting that clubs take this matter seriously as well. It is something that has been growing for a while now. The certificates for each horse have to be presented, otherwise they will not be allowed in Palermo or the AAP club.”