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Case Of Equine Herpesvirus Found In Vermont Horse

Grazing Horse (file)
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Grazing Horse (file)

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is recommending that horse owners take certain precautions with their animals after a horse in Alburgh tested positive for equine herpesvirus.

Officials say the virus, EHV-1, was found as the cause of illness outbreaks in horses in Florida and Europe and has led to the cancellation of several international equine events.

The agency is recommending that as a precaution all newly purchased horses that return to the state from events should be isolated from other horses and quarantined for at least three weeks.

The isolated horses should be monitored for illness, including fever, cough, lack of appetite, nasal or ocular discharge and swelling around the throat.

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