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North Dakota sees 1st case of horse disease this season

July 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is reporting is first case of a disease that strikes horses this season.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture said Monday a horse has confirmed positive for the neurologic disease associated with equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1.

The horse is receiving veterinary care in McKenzie County.

In the last few months, EHV-1 cases have been identified in several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says many horses will be moving to events around the region this summer. He says owners should take care when co-mingling horses to minimize chances of horses contracting the disease.

EHV-1 can be spread through the air, contaminated equipment, clothing and hands.

The virus is highly infectious and contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans.