Farmers' Concerns Rise As Horse Tests Postive For Virus In Delta County

Denver (AP) Farmers are fearing a disease that was discovered in a Colorado horse could jeopardize their livestock. The Department of Agriculture says a six–year–old horse that was found in Delta County has tested positive for the Vesicular Stomatitis Virus.

Colorado is now the fifth state in the country to have a confirmed case. Department Spokeswoman Linh Truong says the
disease is not fatal, but its symptoms are similar to foot–and–mouth disease and infected animals must be monitored
closely.

The illness causes blisters on the animal's body that are so painful that it will not eat or drink. Colorado Livestock Association Spokeswoman Barb Wilkinson says farmers are worried that the disease could kill whole herds.

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