Thursday, January 23, 2003

Vets fighting mystery virus killing horses

The Associated Press

FINDLAY, Ohio - Veterinarians are giving anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relief medicines to horses to combat a mysterious virus that has killed 10 animals at the University of Findlay.

More horses from the school's equestrian program were moved into an arena where the sickest horses were being treated. One horse died Tuesday and the others over the weekend.

In all, 27 horses were being treated for neurological symptoms at the university and another one was being treated at Ohio State University, school spokeswoman Kathryn Kelly said Wednesday.

Veterinarians believe the horses were suffering from an equine strain of the herpes virus, but are waiting for tests to confirm that.

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