Colorado officials say the spread of a deadly horse virus that’s shut down rodeos and horse shows across the state and country appears to be slowing. There have been nine confirmed and 22 suspected cases of the Equine Herpes Virus in Colorado. But a new case hasn’t been detected for two weeks.
A deadly virus is spreading among horses in the western United States and parts of Canada. The highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus-1 isn’t a threat to humans. But it spreads easily among horses and even llamas and alpacas. So far, it’s caused scores of horse owners to quarantine their animals. And as KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports, it’s also forced the cancelations of horse shows and competitions in Colorado and other states.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is putting in place new transportation requirements for horses traveling to the state. It’s a move that comes on the heels of three confirmed cases of a fatal horse virus.