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ALERT: 1 Confirmed Horse Herpes Case In Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Agriculture Department is advising horse owners in the state to monitor their animals for a highly contagious disease called equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

It has been confirmed in one horse that was treated over the weekend at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman.

The horse was at a National Cutting Horse Association event early this month in Ogden, Utah, where the disease apparently spread.

Blood samples from several other Washington horses that attended the Utah event are currently being tested at WSU's Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

The disease poses no threat to people, but can be deadly to horses.

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Agriculture officials say horses in Canada and at least four Western states have contracted a fatal equine virus after attending a national competition in Utah.

An Idaho State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman told the Post Register that two cutting horses from Idaho have died from what appears to be Equine Herpes Virus-1.

So far, authorities believe it has infected horses in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, California and Canada. But Idaho state veterinarian Bill Barton says veterinarians across the country are being
notified that animals in their states could be impacted as well.

Barton says the virus is easily spread because it can be airborne and transmitted by touch or through sharing brushes, bits or other equipment, but it doesn't pose a risk to humans. Llamas and alpacas can also be infected.

      
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