Spread of equine strangles slows in Nevada | NevadaAppeal.com

Spread of equine strangles slows in Nevada

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Published Caption: LVN file photo The Bureau of Land Management plans to step up temporary roundups of wild horses to treat the animals with fertility control drugs.
Photographer's Caption: Published Caption: Nevada Appeal File Photo Wild horses eat grass hay after being relocated to the Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley.
Photographer's Caption: Published Caption: David Hunter/Associated Press File Photo Wild horses eat grass hay after being relocated to the Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley in Oct. 1999.
Photographer's Caption: Published Caption: David Hunter/Associated Press File Photo Wild mares from the New Pass area of central Nevada eat grass hay after being relocated to the Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley on Oct. 27, 1999. Federal land managers have temporarily shut down the facility north of Reno, where 130 wild horses have recently died from health problems that could pose a threat to workers and visitors.
Photographer's Caption: Wild mares from the New Pass area of central Nevada eat grass hay after being relocated to the Bureau of Land Management's National Wild Horse and Burro Center in Palomino Valley, Nev., in this file photo from Oct. 27, 1999. Federal land managers have temporarily shut down the facility north of Reno, where 130 wild horses have recently died from health problems that could pose a threat to workers and visitors. (AP Photo/David Hunter)

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The spread of equine strangles in Nevada has slowed significantly over the last two weeks, but reports of new cases since Sunday have emerged predominantly in western Nevada.

Though the Nevada Department of Agriculture has not issued any additional requirements, but according to the Nevada High School Rodeo Association executive secretary, the NHSRA has elected to require a health inspection within 72 hours for all horses that will be competing at the Moapa Valley High School Rodeo this weekend.

“I support this requirement as a way of limiting potential exposure of more horses to the disease,” said Dr. JJ Goicoechea, state veterinarian. “We recommend and encourage horse owners to remain vigilant in their biosecurity measures, doing everything they can to reduce the chances of the spread of disease and continue decreasing exposure.”

Nevada Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for interstate movement may be used for these intrastate inspections. Veterinarians may simply write “for intrastate use” on the certificate. There is no negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test required for this intrastate use.