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By Bob Silbernagel

While the outbreak of equine herpes virus-1 seems to have quieted down in Colorado, there was more disturbing news out of Utah Thursday.

According to news outlets in Utah, five newly suspected cases of the equine herpes virus were reported by private veterinarians in Utah on Thursday, bringing the total suspected cases to 13. And rodeo queen contestants in one area were left to compete on stick horses.

Seven horses have been confirmed to have the disease, the Deseret News reported and all cases, suspected and confirmed, have been confined to six private locations in Box Elder, Davis, Kane and Utah counties.

A total of 415 horses — brought to Utah from 19 different states — were exposed to the equine herpes virus during a regional cutting horse competition held at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden earlier this month. Approximately 50 horses throughout the West are believe to have contracted the disease as a result of he cutting horse show held in Ogden May 2-8.

In the Grand Valley, Colorado State Veterinarian for Western Colorado, Dr. Dan Love, has joined the program of the Horsemen's Health Fair June 4 to discuss the equine herpes outbreak. The Horsemen's Health Fair will be held at the Western Slope Cattlemen's Salebarn in Loma. It is sponsored by All Around Feed & Farmacy.

To read the Deseret News article on EHV-1, click HERE.


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