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Central Oregon Not Seeing Deadly Horses Virus


A deadly and fast moving virus has horse owners in Central Oregon on alert. Several horse shows and rodeo's around the country have been cancelled due to concerns over the equine herpes virus that originated with a Canadian horse attending a National Cutting Horse Championship event in Utah recently. Local veterinarian Dr. Wayne Schmotzer says there are no cases in Central Oregon and Vets are in communication with one another to try to make sure it doesn't come here and spread. He says the virus is very aggressive: "They develop a fever, they become very depressed inappetant [no appetite] and the fevers are very high,105 degrees, 106 degrees. And in the worse case scenarios, the horses could be dead in as short as four days.” He also says there is no vaccine available to prevent this, so it's important that owners monitor their horses and isolate them if they become ill. The virus is not transmittable to humans.

 

 

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