Vesicular Stomatitis Continues to Spread with 117 New Reported Cases in Livestock Since Last WeekMon, 19 Aug 2019 15:19:16 CDT
Vesicular Stomatitis is continuing to spread, according to State Veterinarian Rod Hall. To date, 117 cases have been found since the last report issued one week ago. As of last Friday, there have been 783 affected premises in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Of those, 414 premises have been released from quarantine, leaving 369 reported cases still active. The latest reports indicate Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Wyoming have found new cases in the last week.
Here in Oklahoma, a horse found with the viral disease in Tillman County was released as two weeks passed with no other animals becoming symptomatic. Samples on two other premises involving cattle are still awaiting results.
The situation report at the following link has tables that list the Counties that have cases in each affected state as well as maps with affected Counties highlighted. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/downloads/animal_diseases/vsv/sitrep-8-15-19.pdf
You can get a lot of information about the disease here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/horse-disease-information/vs/vesicular-stomatitis .
The State Veterinarianís Office is asking livestock owners to please be aware of the situation and the rules adherent to it.
The rules say: Livestock or horses traveling from a County that has had VSV diagnosed within the past 30 days (30) days or a county that contains a premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection dated within five (5) days of entry containing the following statement: "All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis."
You can find a copy of the VSV Rule here: http://www.ag.ok.gov/ais/VesicularStomatitis.htm
Source - Oklahoma State Veterinarianís Office
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