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Horse virus raises concerns, but no cases yet in Routt County

Equine herpes has appeared in 37 states

Tips for horse owners

Horses that are isolated from others probably aren’t at risk of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy. If a horse frequently encounters other horses, it might be.

Veterinarian Mike Gotchey noted that multiple rhinovirus vaccines — every three or four months — are controversial. He did not recommend that owners vaccinate horses that already are on a regular vaccination schedule.

The main symptom is a fever of 101.5 degrees or higher. Those who think their horse may have been affected should contact their veterinarian.

Horses brought in from the Front Range or elsewhere should be completely isolated from other horses for 21 to 30 days to ensure they don’t have symptoms, Gotchey recommends.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information about Routt County Fairgrounds.