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Queen Creek horse tests positive for equine coronavirus

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Posted at 8:24 PM, Feb 15, 2020

QUEEN CREEK, AZ — East Valley Equine Practitioners (EVEP) reported earlier this week that a horse in their care in Queen Creek has tested positive for "equine enteric coronavirus."

"This is not a common virus found in horses and there is no vaccine for it. It is NOT related to the human form from China," according to EVEP.

They noticed the horse wasn't eating, acting colicky and had a fever of over 104F.

"This virus is transmitted from horse to horse through fecal oral transmission," so there is little to no chance that humans can contract this disease from a horse, officials say.

However, if you own a horse and notice these symptoms, EVEP suggests you keep them isolated and in a clean area and then call your veterinarian.

EVEP recommends using "bleach, povidone iodine, and chlorhexidine" to kill the virus and prevent it from spreading.

This disease for horses is rarely fatal according to EVEP.