Tucson Rodeo to continue as planned despite equine herpes

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials with the Tucson Rodeo say the festivities will go forward as planned despite a herpes outbreak spreading through Tuft Paradise racetrack.

KGUN-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1nM4M3X ) that Tucson Rodeo General Manager Gary Williams says they have precautions on place in case the virus does spread, but that the outbreak is currently believed to be contained at affected tracks.

The rodeo is scheduled to begin Feb. 20.

One mare has been euthanized and two others have been quarantined at Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix. The affected horse came from an infected track in New Mexico.

Veterinary officials say the virus is not sexually transmitted, but is instead passed through nasal discharge. Humans cannot be infected but can spread the virus from one horse to another.

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Information from: KGUN-TV, http://www.kgun9.com/news/

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