Well, crap.

A disease that was recently confirmed in North and South Dakota may be on its way to Minnesota.

The disease is EHM Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy. It's a neurologic disease. The United States Department of Agriculture states that signs, "...appear as a result of damage to blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord."

In other words: BAD.

Humans are not threatened by the disease. Among horses, however, it's highly contagious and can result in death.

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Minnesota's Board of Animal Health suggests (REALLY suggests) that horse owners stay on top of their biosecurity practices.