Two Equine Herpes Cases Confirmed in Washoe County

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RENO - The Nevada Department of Agriculture has confirmed the second and third cases of equine herpes in Nevada today. This time the horses infected are from Washoe County.

Dr. Annette Rink of the state Department of Agriculture said the two Washoe County cases involve horses that were boarded with a horse that participated in a recent competition in Ogden, Utah.

Both horses are being monitored closely, Dr. Rink said.

The virus outbreak was detected earlier this month after of a regional cutting horse competition in Ogden. Equine herpes, which is not transmitted to humans, is extremely contagious, with this emergent form attacking the animal's central nervous system.

Multiple equine events throughout the country and Canada have been canceled to help prevent the spread of the disease. The Ogden event drew participants from more than two dozen states and some parts of Canada.

Symptoms of equine herpes include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness and inability to rise. Horses may also lean against structures such as a fence or barn to maintain balance.