News alert about virus

24 05 2011

I’d suggest this maybe apply to all of Colorado’s herd areas and herd management areas (!) …

Feds urge horse owners to avoid wild horse range

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Federal officials are asking people to avoid riding their horses in the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range in western Colorado because of an outbreak of a fatal horse virus.

The Bureau of Land Management is asking horseback riders to stay out of the area until Friday. Colorado has nine confirmed cases of equine herpes and 22 suspected cases

The deadly and highly contagious has infected at least 34 horses in nine states and Canada. More than 1,000 animals are known to have been exposed through direct or indirect contact with infected horses, which are among 400 that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah earlier this month.

The disease can be transmitted through touch or through the air. It isn’t a risk to people.


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