- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - Three properties in Santa Cruz County are under quarantine after some horses were diagnosed with a contagious livestock virus.

Arizona Department of Agriculture officials announced Thursday that two horses were confirmed to have the virus.

One horse already had been moved to its owner’s nearby property before the investigation began.

Officials say all three properties and all the animals on them currently are under quarantine.

The horses have no history of travel and other livestock on the properties show no signs of infection.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus causes blister-like sores on the mouths, noses and sometimes feet of infected animals.

State Veterinarian Dr. Perry Durham says the virus mainly affects horses and to a lesser extent cattle and swine.

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