Rabies, EIA Confirmed in Colorado Horses

A Logan County horse tested positive for rabies while a Garfield County horse tested positive for EIA.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) announced April 29 that a horse in Logan County was recently confirmed positive for rabies, while a horse in Garfield County tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA).

In regards to the rabies case, the CDA is encouraging livestock and pet owners to discuss animal health concerns, including the need for rabies vaccination, with their local veterinarian after the horse residing in northeast Colorado was euthanized and subsequently tested positive for rabies.

“The department would like to stress two very important points,” said State Veterinarian Keith Roehr, DVM. “One, owners should monitor their animals for clinical signs of rabies, and two, local veterinarians are a valuable resource to help producers decide the best course of action to protect their livestock and pets from rabies.” Livestock and pet owners are encouraged to discuss vaccination with their veterinarian for animals that could be exposed to wildlife that carry and could transmit the rabies virus to dogs, cats, horses, small ruminants, llamas, alpacas, and petting zoo animals.

Rabies is a viral disease infecting the brain and central nervous system. The clinical appearance of rabies typically falls into two types: “aggressive” and “dumb.” Aggressive rabies symptoms include combativeness and violent behavior and sensitivity to touch and other kinds of stimulation. There is also a “dumb” form of the disease in which the animal is lethargic, weak in one or more limbs, and unable to raise its head or make sounds because its throat and neck muscles are paralyzed

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