Idaho horse diagnosed with Equine Herpes virus

Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 16:20:42-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has received confirmation the Equine Herpes Virus as been diagnosed in Idaho.

The infected horse was in Arizona and Utah this spring, but it's back in Idaho now. The horse is under quarantine under veterinary care at a private facility. The disease poses no threat to people but can easily spread among horses, alpacas and llamas.

As for upcoming equine events and competitions, the coordinators of each host location will make the decision of whether or not to cancel the event.

The Idaho Department of Agriculture says if you want to minimize a the risk of your horse contracting the virus, you should disinfect the stalls before use, never share water or feed buckets or grooming equipment, and avoid unnecessary contact with other horses.

Horse owners are encouraged to learn about the symptoms of the virus and contact a vet right away with any concerns.

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