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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in a New County--Oklahoma Update

Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:26:44 CDT

Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in a New County--Oklahoma Update Vesicular Stomatitis has been confirmed in a new County according to State Veterinarian Rod Hall. Hall says, "We have just confirmed a case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a new County. In addition to the three confirmed cases in Washington County, we now have a case in Craig County. As you probably know there have been a large number of cases in Kansas southeast of Wichita, so this case follows the tributaries of the Arkansas River which is what they’re seeing in Kansas. Cases have also been confirmed in far Southwest Missouri.

Please be aware that this will cause restrictions to be placed on livestock moving from Oklahoma to some other states and some other countries. You should call the state of destination just to be sure, and plan to see the livestock within a few days of them traveling to make sure there are no lesions present. Most states will require specific statements regarding VSV as well.

We continue to investigate new cases and have several suspected cases we’re waiting for results on. Please be aware of this outbreak, report any suspicious cases in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or swine, and please make as many of your stakeholders as possible aware of this.

I also want to let you know that intrastate movement of livestock to events, private treaty sales, or any commingling of livestock from a County with cases of VSV are required to follow the same rules as our import requirements. They are : 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 VSV 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."

Instruct your livestock clients to institute the best insect control possible as that is the main way the disease is spread. Please continue to report suspicious cases.

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 Veterinarian’s 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 Veterinarian’s Office


   

 

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