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Sick Colorado Horse Prompting Multi-State Search For Other Exposed Horses

Bureau of Land Management

A sick horse from Weld County, Colorado is prompting a search for hundreds of other horses that may have been exposed to a viral disease.

As The Denver Post reports, Colorado officials think up to 240 horses sold to people in 20 states were on the premises with a male horse infected with Equine Infectious Anemia, a viral disease that has no cure.

The horses need to be tested for Equine Infectious Anemia. Federal law requires an infected animal spend the rest of its days at least 200 yards from any other horse if the owner doesn’t want to euthanize it.

The rules also require any horse that came into contact with the infected animal be held in quarantine for 60 days, which is why Colorado State Veterinarian Keith Roehr is asking anyone who bought a horse in in Weld County between July 18 and Aug. 20 to contact his office.