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May 5, 2012 2:53 PM by Matt Stafford

Colorado ag officials warn of livestock disease

DENVER (AP) - Colorado officials are warning livestock owners to take extra precautions now that two horses in New Mexico have been found with a painful disease.

State agriculture officials say two confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis in horses were reported in New Mexico this week. The disease can cause painful sores in animals including cattle, sheep and pigs.

The last confirmed case of the disease in Colorado was in 2006.

Agriculture officials say livestock owners should control flies to inhibit transmission of the disease and avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds.

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