Horse Traveling Across State May Have Equine Herpes

horseThe state veterinarian’s office is investigating a Colorado horse that is exhibiting signs consistent with the neurologic form of Equine Herpes. Diagnostic samples are in route to Colorado State University.  The Department is responding quickly to investigate, control and mitigate this possible disease.  The horse and its stable-mates have a history of traveling to events within Colorado over the last few weeks and there is a potential link to other horses that have attended the National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events located in Henderson, Eagle, and Rocky Ford over the last month.  The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office is in the process of contacting all Colorado contestants that were involved in these events.  So far no other horses have show signs of the disease.  The Department offers a Guide to Understanding the disease.