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Contact: Marnie Somers, Chair
Membership & Communications
c/o Box 1122,
Carberry, MB R0K 0H0
Telephone: (204) 834-2479
Fax: (20) 834-3999


You are receiving the following information as a courtesy through
the Canadian Quarter Horse Association

 Equine Canada Health Advisory:

Import Restrictions Lifted for Horses from United States Entering Canada
due to
Vesicular Stomatitis

Ottawa, Ont., April 14, 2015 - Equine Canada would like to inform all stakeholders that effective immediately the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has eliminated all vesicular stomatitis (VS) import restrictions for horses from United States entering Canada as a result of additional information it received from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the recent cases of VS reported in the US.

CFIA reduced VS restrictions to a county level on March 13, 2015. Now, the restrictions that applied to only Santa Cruz County in Arizona have also been lifted as of April, 13, 2015.

Import conditions in AIRS have been adjusted accordingly. [http://airs-sari.inspection.gc.ca/airs_external/english/decisions-eng.aspx]

Further information on vesicular stomatitis, its clinical signs and transmission can be found on the CFIA Vesicular Stomatitis Fact Sheet.

It is important to note that Piroplasmosis related import conditions remain in place for horses from Texas and New Mexico.
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The mandate of the CQHA, a national affiliate of the AQHA, is to address issues of concern to Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses; to be a communications vehicle for and with Canadian owners of American Quarter Horses; and to promote and market, both globally and within Canada, Canadian-bred
and/or Canadian-owned American Quarter Horses.    

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