Horse

2:06pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Science

Horse Virus Outbreak Slows in Colorado

Extra attention has been given to horses at this quarantined facility near Fort Lupton, in light of the EHV-1 outbreak.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

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. 

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6:46pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Science

Colorado Officials Scramble to Contain Equine Virus

At this quarantined horse training facility near Denver, handlers are required to wear rubber gloves.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

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.

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