State vet: No new cases of EHV-1

Jun 7 2011 - 11:19pm

OGDEN -- The presence of equine herpes virus in horses in Utah has declined to the point that horse owners should feel free to participate in rodeos, shows, parades and other events, the state veterinarian's office states in a news release.

Utah veterinarians have seen no other cases of EHV-1 in horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association's Western National Championship that ended May 8 in Ogden.

Dr. Bruce King, state veterinarian, says enough time has passed for most horses that may have been exposed to the virus traced to the Ogden horse show to have developed the disease. Horses that have shown symptoms of the disease will remain quarantined at their private facilities and will be monitored until it is clear the virus is no longer present.

For up-to-date information on proper biosecurity, King encourages horse owners to visit the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food's website.

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