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La. monitors Illinois horses for virus

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Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:59 AM by Associated Press
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BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says it is monitoring horses entering the state from Illinois after reports of at least 68 horses that tested positive in recent months for equine herpes virus type 1 at the Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois.

Horse owners must provide health certificates to the Louisiana state veterinarian's office before the animals can enter Louisiana.

Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said the procedure is a precaution to keep the virus from spreading to animals in Louisiana.

The virus is not contagious to humans, Strain says.

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