Equine Herpes Virus Discovered in Colorado

DENVER (AP) – A horse that competed in the Colorado rodeo and barrel racing circuit has tested positive for a virus that can cause breathing problems and nervous system disorders for the animals.

The state agriculture department said Friday that the horse was euthanized after developing neurological problems because of the equine herpes virus. Another competitive horse from the same stable is sick.

State veterinarian Keith Roehr is warning the owners of other horses who competed in the same events to monitor their animals’ health.

The horse that tested positive and other horses competed in National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events in Henderson, Eagle and Rocky Ford in recent weeks.

The Eagle County Fairgrounds on Friday closed its venues to horses until May 21.