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By Rachel Olp
The Sentinel 

Horse flu virus hits area equines

Twenty cases of highly contagious virus reported in area


During a local horse gathering at the Klickitat County Fair Grounds in mid July, several horses became infected with a virus. Mid Columbia Veterinary Clinic did a swab on one of the infected horses, and results came back indicating it was an influenza virus.

Symptoms are easily recognized and include coughing, runny eyes, runny nose, and a fever of 102 to 104.5. (The average temperature of a horse is 99 to 101.)

Reportedly there are 20 cases in the Goldendale area, and the flu is very contagious, although not life threatening. The worst of the virus lasts four to five days, followed by a gradual recovery. Mid Columbia Veterinary Clinic reports that the best prevention is vaccine intranasa...

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