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Coronavirus Positive In NA Horse

Published: February 18, 2020 4:05 pm ET

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It has been announced that a horse in North America has tested positive for a Coronavirus.

According to information provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center, a veterinarian recently tended to a Saddlebred cross in Maricopa County, Arizona, and it was confirmed on Thursday, February 13 that the five-year-old tested positive for a Coronavirus.

The EDCC states that the onset of clinical signs of the virus were detected on Sunday, February 9. The clinical signs include anorexia, fever and laying down. The EDCC reported the positive on Tuesday, February 18.

According to the EDCC, a quarantine is currently not in place and the five other equine are currently exposed to the gelding in question.

The EDCC describes the gelding as currently ‘recovering’ and states that the positive ‘appears to be an isolated case.’

The equine coronavirus is not the Wuhan coronavirus affecting people and the equine coronavirus cannot be transmitted to people.

For more information on the equine coronavirus, please refer to the following fact sheet from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

(With files from the EDCC)


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