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By Carly Moore | Posted: Wed 11:44 PM, Mar 15, 2017
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A contagious disease is causing major concerns for horse owners in the Grand Valley.
Owners are on high alert of a serious outbreak of what's called equine Strangles disease.
It’s one of the biggest outbreaks vets and owners have seen in a couple decades.
Vets said it’s like the flu or strep throat for horses, and it spreads very quickly from horse to horse. People who care for animals can also spread the infection on their shoes and tools.
“Everyone is very concerned, about what's going on,” said Shane Prentice. “It has the potential to spread across the valley, if we aren't on top of it.”
“This is by far the most I've ever seen in the valley... it's a significant number of cases, and it's something people should be aware of,” said Dr. Dominic Carrica, owner of Amigo Animal Clinic.
Once horses are diagnosed, they require mandatory quarantine, because it’s such a contagious disease...
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