Utah officials say equine virus has run its course

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah agriculture officials say an outbreak of the equine herpes virus appears to have run its course. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said Wednesday that veterinarians have seen no new instances of the disease since the end of May. State veterinarian Dr. Bruce King says enough time has passed that most horses that might have been exposed to the virus should have developed the disease. The outbreak began at an Ogden horse show in early May. More than 70 infected animals were identified across the West and Canada. At least a dozen horses have been euthanized. Seven Utah equestrian facilities were placed under quarantine. Three facilities have been released. Barring any further outbreaks of the virus, officials expect to be released from quarantine by the end of June.

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