Utah clears horses after virus outbreak

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Veterinarians say it appears that a recent outbreak of a potentially fatal horse virus has been contained, at least in Utah.State Veterinarian Dr. Bruce King says horses that have shown symptoms of the equine herpes virus will remain quarantined and monitored until officials are certain the virus is no longer present.King says horse owners should now feel free to participate in rodeos, horse shows, parades and other events.The highly contagious virus poses no risk to humans.The outbreak began in early May at a horse event in Ogden. It led to more than 70 infections across the West and Canada. At least a dozen horses have been euthanized.State veterinarians for Washington and Oregon also have recently said it appeared the outbreak in their states was contained.

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