Polo horses quarantined after equine herpes death 

Horses at a Southern California desert polo club have been quarantined after one of them tested positive for equine herpes and had to be euthanized.

The number of horses quarantined at Indio's Empire Polo Club hasn't been disclosed.

Equine herpes can lead to respiratory illness, neurological problems, paralysis and miscarriage. There is no vaccine.

The virus cannot be transmitted to humans. It is transmitted among horses by air or by sharing feed, brushes, bits and other equipment.

The Palm Springs Desert Sun (http://mydesert.co/AzxlCg ) says the horse with the herpes virus was euthanized on Monday.

Last year, there was an outbreak of equine herpes in California with cases found in 12 counties. The outbreak was traced to a horse show in Utah.

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Information from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/

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