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Virus Outbreak Quarantines Rustlers 5/20/2011
An outbreak of EHV-1 disease has the local Rustler Horse Boarding facility enforcing a voluntary quarantine of all animals. According to local equine veterinarian, Kathy Polley of Lakeland Veterinary Clinic in Manson, the voluntary quarantine is temporary and in line with what other boarding facilities are doing not only regionally but statewide.

The Washington Agriculture Department now says three horses in the state now have been confirmed to have a highly contagious disease called equine herpes virus (EHV-1).

All three were among 34 horses from Washington at a National Cutting Horse Association event early this month in Utah, where the disease apparently spread.

Dr. Polley recommends keeping track of your horse’s temperature by checking daily or better still, twice a day. The normal temperature should be between 99 and 100 degrees. Anything above 102 degrees should definitely be checked.

Some regional horse events are being canceled as a precaution. The Appleatchee Riders Association in Wenatchee has reportedly canceled all events and clinics for the next three weeks. A May 28 4H Show at the Jefferson County fairgrounds has been canceled and the Kitsap County Sheriff's Posse is pulling out of Saturday's Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton.


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