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Colorado’s Number Of Confirmed Horse Virus Cases At 6

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Officials say the number of confirmed cases of a fatal horse virus in Colorado has risen to six.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that five of the horses with the equine herpes virus had been to the same horse show in Ogden, Utah.

One horse that tested positive for the virus and another showing symptoms were both euthanized.

Officials say test results are pending on 14 others showing signs of the disease.

Horse owners who want to transport their animals are being advised to call their veterinarian. The veterinarian will have to request a permit number for the horse’s health certificate, already required for entry.

The disease isn’t a threat to people, but horses showing signs of neurological or respiratory problems should be taken to their veterinarians.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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