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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) is considered contained within Colorado, as no new cases have been confirmed since May 20.

“I’m proud of the coordinated effort by the horse industry, veterinarians, event coordinators and our office. Without the proactive collaboration of all involved, this disease could have had an even greater negative impact on Colorado’s horse industry,” said state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.

As of last week, two facilities in Colorado remained under quarantine or a hold order but were on track to get released soon. There are currently no suspect cases.

“This is great news for Colorado’s horse industry, and it seems this disease hit its peak in May, but I want to caution horse owners that this outbreak serves as a good reminder that proper disease prevention efforts are important any time you travel with livestock. This outbreak also demonstrates how our animal health and disease control processes work together for successful outcomes,” said Roehr.

At the outbreak of EHV-1 in May, Colorado had nine confirmed cases of horses with the disease. Two of those horses, which tested positive for EHV-1, were euthanized after showing severe neurological signs associated with the disease.

For information on equine travel tips and requirements in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/ag.