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TMCNet:  BRIEF: Horse quarantine and hold orders released

[February 13, 2013]

BRIEF: Horse quarantine and hold orders released

Feb 12, 2013 (Greeley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- All quarantine and hold orders associated with the horse that recently tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus have been released, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office.

The affected horse, a 6-year-old gelding from Texas, is part of the team of quarter horses used during the National Western Stock Show rodeo to pull a stagecoach during rodeo performances.

The horse began showing clinical signs Jan. 27 and was transported to the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

The other horses from the team tested negative for EHV-1.

The gelding was transported directly back to his ranch of origin through collaboration with Texas Animal Health Commission officials.

EHV-1 is not transmissible to people, but it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.

The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact. The virus can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands.

___ (c)2013 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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