May 17, 2011 12:16 AM by Posted by Bill Folsom

Deadly horse virus found in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - A virus that can kill horses has been confirmed in two Colorado horses and six others in the northern part of the state are showing symptoms. State officials say herpes virus has been confirmed in two Weld County horses.

Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital announced Monday that it is restricting non-emergency appointments for horses as a precaution. Officials say they don't suspect any of the animals there have been exposed to the virus. CSU's Equine Sciences Center has temporarily restricted horses entering or leaving the Foothills Campus to prevent the risk of spreading the disease. The center has cancelled two riding clinics.

The illness is a neurological variation of the herpes virus
that's spread through the air and contact with infected horses,
which may lose their balance and eventually can't stand.

Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune,


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