More horse herpes cases confirmed in Utah

Authorities say seven cases of the horse herpes virus have been confirmed in Utah, with as many as eight more suspected cases.Utah state veterinarian Bruce L. King says Monday a second horse has been euthanized after it could not stand in its stall over the weekend.King says four facilities are under quarantine orders because of horses infected with Equine Herpes Virus-1. The horses are in Kane, Box Elder, Davis and Utah counties. Additionally, Cache County officials have closed the horse arena at the Cache County Fairgrounds until the threat of the spreading virus has passed.Cache officials say this is a precautionary closure and it is not due to any known cases in the area. Those affected by the closure will be the Queen Contest for the Cache County Fair and Rodeo, 4-H Summer Riding and Public Riding on the Fairgrounds. The interview portion of the Queen contest will still be held at the Cache County Historic Courthouse on Saturday, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, call Trish Gibbs at (435) 258-2705.The virus began spreading after an event last month in Ogden. More than 30 horses in nine states and Canada have been infected and at least seven infected horses have died.The Utah Department of Agriculture is not recommending cancellations of events featuring horses.

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