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Equine virus hasn't derailed White Bird Rodeo

Published on May 26, 2011 3:01AM

Last changed on May 26, 2011 4:58AM

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Organizers of the White Bird Rodeo in north-central Idaho say the June event is still on despite an outbreak of a highly contagious and deadly horse virus.

Equine Herpes Virus-1 doesn't affect humans, but it can kill horses. Dozens of horses in at least 11 states and Canada have been infected after an outbreak that is believed to have started at a competition in Ogden, Utah.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that rodeo organizer Monty Baker says plans are moving forward for the Father's Day weekend event.

Baker says that hopefully by the time the rodeo rolls around, the outbreak will be over.


Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

Copyright 2011 The AP.


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