§ 4-23-7. Preshipment requirements.
Horses for entry shall be accompanied by a health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian or a state or federal veterinary officer within seven days before shipment. The certificate shall give a description of each animal, including breed, sex, age, and identifying marks or scars, and shall certify that the horses described:
(1) Are free from external parasites and symptoms of transmissible diseases and have not had recent exposure to these diseases;
(2) Have originated in an area in which equine encephalomyelitis has not occurred in the six-month period immediately preceding the date of shipment;
(3) Have been inoculated by an accredited veterinarian with one or more doses, as recommended by the manufacturer, or of a USDA-approved equine encephalomyelitis vaccine to provide protection against the type or types of equine encephalomyelitis experienced in the area of origin. The date or dates of vaccination shall be stated on the certificate. The animals shall not be eligible for shipment until a minimum period of fifteen days has elapsed following completion of the vaccination procedure;
(4) Have been tested and found negative to the Coggins or other USDA-approved test for equine infectious anemia at a state, federal, or private laboratory accredited by the USDA to conduct this test within ninety days before shipment. The results, date of test, and name of the laboratory shall be stated on the certificate; and
(5) Have been completely sponged or sprayed, thoroughly wetting the mane and tail, under the supervision of a state, federal, or accredited veterinarian in the state of origin with a one-half percent water solution of malathion wettable powder, or other USDA-approved pesticide, within seven days before shipment.
§ 4-23-8. Post-shipment requirements.
(a) Horses for entry shall be inspected by the state veterinarian or an agent on arrival and treated for external parasites by the owner under the supervision of an inspector.
(b) Any indication of transmissible disease at the time of inspection shall be sufficient reason to quarantine any or all of the animals in the shipment at premises approved by the state veterinarian.
(c) All expenses in connection with the segregation, treatment, destruction, and disposal of the quarantined animals shall be borne by the owner, importer, or consignee.
(d) All horses arriving in the State shall be held in isolation on the owner's premises until retested for equine infectious anemia by the Coggins or other USDA-approved test conducted at the veterinary laboratory of the division forty-five to sixty days following entry. Any positive reactor revealed by this test shall:
(1) Within fifteen days following notification of the reaction, be freeze- branded on the left neck by the state veterinarian or an agent with a design consisting of "95A" followed by a number assigned to the particular reactor by the division; and
(2) Be automatically quarantined on premises indefinitely, except that it may be moved for slaughter under written permit issued by the state veterinarian.
§ 4-23-12. Equine infectious anemia control.
(a) All horses on premises in which positive reactors to the Coggins or other USDA-approved test for equine infectious anemia are revealed shall be tested within sixty days following notification of such reactors.
(b) Laboratory testing shall be conducted at the division's veterinary laboratory.
(c) All positive reactors to the test for equine infectious anemia shall be subject to requirements of section 4-23-8(d).
Reviewed by AAHS in April 2002.
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