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Colorado horses test positive for anemia, rabies

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KUSA - There are two serious concerns for Colorado ranchers.

According to the Colorado Department of Agriculture, a horse in Logan County tested positive for rabies.

Another in Garfield County tested positive for anemia.

The Department of Agriculture is encouraging owners to vaccinate their horses and other pets for rabies.

"The department would like to stress two very important points," State veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said. "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."

There is no cure for the rabies, which infects the brain and central nervous system - is usually falls into two types: "aggressive" and "dumb."

"Aggressive" rabies symptoms:


Violent Behavior

Sensitivity to touch or other stimulation

"Dumb" rabies symptoms:


Weakness in one or more limbs

Inability to raise head

Unusual sounds due to paralyzed throat and neck muscles

There is no vaccine for EIA, or Equine Infectious Anemia. Many horses do not even show any signs of the disease.

Infected horses typically are euthanized or remain permanently isolated from other horses to prevent transmission.

Additional resource websites:

Colorado Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Merck Veterinary Manual

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