Officials warn 18 states about AZ equine herpes case

Officials warn 18 states about AZ equine herpes case
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PHOENIX (AP) - Nevada and Arizona officials are warning horse owners in 18 states after an Arizona Department of Agriculture veterinarian confirmed that a horse that participated in shows in Queen Creek and Las Vegas has been diagnosed with a serious infectious disease.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture announced Monday, March 5, that it had quarantined a cutting horse training facility in northern Maricopa County after confirming a quarter horse gelding was infected with equine herpes virus-1. The horse recently participated in a cutting horse event in Queen Creek (Feb. 21-25) and an earlier event in Las Vegas before showing serious neurological symptoms.

The Arizona Cutting Horse Association is contacting owners of horses at the Queen Creek event.

If you had a horse at the event, you should do the following as outlined on the ACHA website:

Monitor all horses that were at the event.

Equine herpes is highly contagious but can't spread to humans. An upcoming event in Paso Robles, CA, has been canceled.

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