Neurological disease confirmed in Va. horse

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An equine neurological disease caused by a virus has been confirmed in a horse from Northern Virginia.

State Veterinarian Dr. Richard Wilkes says the horse was euthanized Friday.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating to determine whether the disease, Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy, could be present in other horses or at farms. Horse owners are urged to minimize nonessential contact with other horses and to enhance biosecurity practices.

The disease is often fatal. It's caused by the Equine Herpesvirus-1. Symptoms may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness and dribbling of urine.

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