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12:41 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Horse Virus

Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A horse in Love County is being tested for a highly contagious and potentially deadly horse virus that has spread from the West and Midwest and canceled horse events in Tulsa and elsewhere.

Acting state veterinarian Michael Herrin says the horse is being tested for equine herpes virus-1. He told The Oklahoman that a herd of about 30 horses is under quarantine.

The virus is believed to have originated at the National Cutting Horse Association national championship show in Ogden, Utah. Officials say the Oklahoma horse being tested was at the show.

The cutting horse association has canceled all events scheduled this weekend and future shows also could be canceled in an attempt to stop the virus.

Tulsa canceled its May 14-28 cutting horse show as a precaution.