Utah horse owners have been placed on alert after a case of equine herpes virus, a virus not contagious to humans but highly contagious and potentially fatal in horses, was confirmed in the state. "As a precaution to Utah horse owners, I advise they take extra biosecurity steps to safeguard the health of their animals. Don't let your horses touch other horses, especially nose to nose. Isolate horses that return to the farm from a show or event," advised state veterinarian Bruce King.

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