Medicine: Blighted Spring in Austria

A deadly virus attacks the famed Lipizzaner horses

They are known the world over for their ability to prance and dance with haughty grace and to leap like ballet stars. General George Patton was so charmed by their pirouettes that he ordered his troops in Austria to rescue the great snow-white horses from advancing Soviet forces at the close of World War II. Today the Lipizzaners face a new enemy: a deadly virus of the herpes family. The disease has not hit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, the showcase for the horses, but by the end of last week it had...

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