Cache farm quarantined amid equine herpes case

Friday , October 19, 2012 - 10:01 AM

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LOGAN — State officials have quarantined a Cache County farm after one case of equine herpes was confirmed and two other horses were euthanized with symptoms consistent with the disease.

Officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food say the disease is highly contagious in horses and can lead to respiratory and neurological disease and death. It does not pass to humans.

The disease is spread by direct horse-to-horse contact. Authorities say it can also spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands.

Officials say more cases may surface in the next few days, and advise horse owners to alert their veterinarians to any symptoms they notice. Those symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone and weakness.

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