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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — State livestock officials say one Lane County horse has died and four others from the same stable have tested positive for a neurological form of equine herpes virus.

State Veterinarian Dr. Brad LeaMaster said Monday the incident appears to be isolated and there is no indication the virus has spread to other horses.

Officials say all horses on the property have been quarantined and those showing symptoms of the disease are being treated.

Equine herpes virus is highly contagious, but the neurological form of it is rare. The virus cannot be transmitted to humans.

The disease typically causes horses to develop a fever, lose control of their extremities and can result in death. There is no vaccine.

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