1st horse virus case confirmed in Nevada | NevadaAppeal.com

1st horse virus case confirmed in Nevada

RENO (AP) – Agriculture officials have confirmed the first case of equine herpes in Nevada, but state veterinarian Annette Rink says it may end up being good news.

Dr. Rink says the horse that tested positive in Elko is recovering and being monitored closely. She told KOLO-TV in Reno on Monday it was among the hundreds of horses that participated in a recent competition in Ogden, Utah.

Rink says because the exposure happened about two weeks ago and no other cases have been confirmed in Nevada, it may mean the outbreak has run its course.

Nevertheless, she says she’d still recommend no out-of-state travel for horses as a precaution at this time.

Equine herpes can’t be transmitted to humans but is extremely contagious among horses and can lead to death.