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January 4, 2007

Albany -- An equine herpes virus has caused illness and killed several horses at training complexes and race tracks nationwide.

Trainers with the Lipizzaner Stallions, who came to Albany for a show Thursday, say they are concerned about their horses health. They say their horses are well cared for at all times with a veterinarian on hand.

Outbreaks of the EHV-1 equine herpes virus have been reported in Palm Beach Florida, the San Francisco area, and upstate New York.

Trainers with the Lipizzaners don't believe their horses are at high risk.

"We do a lot of preventative medication with our horses, you know vitamin supplements and good fresh grain. Our horses are kept pretty well isolated among themselves as a group, so they're kept pretty healthy," said Troy Tinker with White Stallion Productions.

Signs of the infections include fevers, weakness, and coordination problems. The virus is usually transmitted through the horse's respiratory system.

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