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Originally published Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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1 confirmed horse herpes case in Washington

The Washington Agriculture Department is advising horse owners in the state to monitor their animals for a highly contagious disease called equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

The Washington Agriculture Department is advising horse owners in the state to monitor their animals for a highly contagious disease called equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

It has been confirmed in one horse that was treated over the weekend at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman.

The horse was at a National Cutting Horse Association event early this month in Ogden, Utah, where the disease apparently spread.

Blood samples from several other Washington horses that attended the Utah event are currently being tested at WSU's Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

The disease poses no threat to people, but can be deadly to horses.

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