Nevada warns horse owners about equine herpes exposure

PHOENIX — Nevada officials are sending warnings to horse owners in 18 states after an Arizona Department of Agriculture veterinarian confirmed that a horse that competed in a Las Vegas show has been diagnosed with a serious infectious disease.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it had quarantined a cutting horse training facility in northern Maricopa County after confirming a quarter horse gelding was infected with equine herpes virus-1. The horse recently participated in a cutting horse event at the South Point arena in Las Vegas and another event in Queen Creek, Arizona, before showing serious neurological symptoms.

The Arizona Cutting Horse Association is contacting owners of horses at the Queen Creek event.

Equine herpes is highly contagious but can’t spread to humans. An upcoming event in Paso Robles, California, has been canceled.

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