OK officials warn of possible equine herpes exposure

OK officials warn of possible equine herpes exposure

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry has been notified of a horse from Texas that has tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1 "A" strain  or wild type strain).

This horse competed in Oklahoma at the Better Barrel Races World Finals in Oklahoma City April 26-29. It also competed at a barrel racing event in Taylor, Texas on May 5.

Officials are unsure where this horse may have starting spreading the virus. ODAFF recommends horse owners take their horse's temperature twice a day and watch for symptoms such as fever, nasal discharge, incoordination, weakness in hind limbs, urine dribbling, and a flaccid tail.

Please report any suspicious illness in your horse to your veterinarian or the ODAFF at (405) 522-6142.

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