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Published May 27, 2011, 02:15 PM

Deadly horse virus prompts change in ND rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health is requiring that all out-of-state horses coming into North Dakota have a health certificate.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Board of Animal Health is requiring that all out-of-state horses coming into North Dakota have a health certificate.

The order supersedes an exemption for horses coming into the state for less than seven days. It was passed unanimously this week and took effect immediately in response to a highly contagious virus that can kill horses and has forced the cancellation or postponement of rodeos and horse events throughout the West.

Equine Herpes Virus-1 has been confirmed in nine states including South Dakota, as well as two Canadian provinces. Most cases appear tied to a horse event in Utah earlier this month.

The virus poses no threat to people.

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