NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 21, 1971
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(Studio) Sleeping sickness epidemic has killed 11,000 horses in Southwest United States and Mexico so far; deadly African swine fever discovered in Cuba.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Harris Cnty., Texas) Spraying against disease carrying mosquitoes conts.; 1,200 horses have died in Texas; 17 people hospitalized with disease; less than 1/3 Texas horses vaccinated. [Agriculture Department Dr. Robert OMOHONDRO - says disease won't taper off until more horses vaccinated.]
REPORTER: Don Oliver
(Lexington, Kentucky) Bidding for 1-yr.-old race horses conts. high, despite possibility of sleeping sickness epidemic spreading to Kentucky. 333 horses sold for over $10 million. [Veterinarian Dr. A. H. DAVIDSON - says if disease reaches Kentucky will stop racing business for duration of epidemic.] Danger to persist until cool weather kills mosquitoes in 8-10 weeks
REPORTER: Ron Nessen