published Monday, February 25th, 2013

Equine virus warning issued for Georgia

File photo of horse being kept at home to prevent being exposed to this equine virus. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)
File photo of horse being kept at home to prevent being exposed to this equine virus. (AP Photo/Idaho Press-Tribune, Charlie Litchfield)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A horse entering in the Horse Shows in the Sun event in Ocala, Fla., tested positive recently for the Equine Herpes Virus, and Georgia Department of Agriculture officials are urging horse owners to be alert.

No additional cases of the potentially deadly viral disease have been confirmed.

The agriculture department recommends that any Georgia horses attending this event that are not under quarantine be isolated when returned home and watched closely for 21 days. A veterinarian should be consulted if there is evidence of fever or illness.

Any suspected cases of EHV-1 should be reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 404-656-3671 or 404-656-3667.

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