RENO, Nev. (AP) – State veterinarian JJ Goicoechea urges that all scheduled horse events this weekend be canceled, particularly in southern Nevada, with the goal of slowing the spread of the equine herpes virus.
"Our recommendation is based on the likelihood of state-wide exposure at an event on March 8 and 10 in Fernley, and we coordinate our activities with officials from the event to take all necessary precautions to limit the spread of the spread, "said Dr. Goicoechea.
State agriculture officials have ordered the quarantine or second and third horses in southern Nevada tested positive for the equine herpes virus after the high school rodeo last month in Pahrump.
The Nevada Department of Agriculture announced Monday that two additional horse facilities in Clark County had been quarantined since the confirmation of the first case on Friday.
The facilities have not been identified because the state states that there is no risk to public health.
However, owners of Nevada horses and surrounding states are advised to monitor for signs of fever, cough, and runny nose in any animal that may have been exposed to the virus known as the EHV virus. -1.
It can cause respiratory diseases in young horses, abortions in pregnant mares and neurological diseases in older horses. It can be transmitted by contact with exposed animals, people, equipment and vehicles.
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