Colorado Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpes, Events Canceled

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A horse suffering from equine herpesvirus (credit: CBS)

A horse suffering from equine herpesvirus (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP/CBS4) – A horse that competed in the Colorado rodeo and barrel racing circuit has tested positive for a virus that can cause breathing problems and nervous system disorders for the animals.

The state agriculture department said Friday that the horse was euthanized after developing neurological problems because of the equine herpes virus. Another competitive horse from the same stable is sick.

State veterinarian Keith Roehr is warning the owners of other horses who competed in the same events to monitor their animals’ health.

The horse that tested positive and other horses competed in National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events in Henderson, Eagle and Rocky Ford in recent weeks.

The Eagle County Fairgrounds on Friday closed its venues to horses until May 21.

Additional Information

From the Eagle County Government: The Eagle County Fairgrounds are closed to all equine activities effectively immediately due to confirmed cases of the EHV-1 virus in horses in Colorado. While the facility will be closed to horses until May 21, other activities at the fairgrounds are continuing as scheduled. All equine users with reservations at the Eagle County Fairgrounds have been notified of the closure.

Colorado State High School Rodeo Website: The Colorado State High School Rodeo that was scheduled this weekend in Kiowa has been CANCELLED.

LINKS: Symptoms And Other Information | Tips For Keeping Horses Healthy

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