The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed on Sept. 12 that seven states remain affected by vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV): Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. However, officials have not confirmed any new counties as being VSV-positive.
Since its last Situation Report on Sept. 5, the USDA has identified 63 new VSV-affected premises, with 18 confirmed positive and 45 suspect horses.
Also since the Sept. 5 Situation Report, the following confirmed or suspect premises have been released from quarantine:
- Colorado: 66
- Nebraska: 2
- New Mexico: 1
- Texas: 11
- Utah: 4
- Wyoming: 5
Vesicular stomatitis virus can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and a number of other animals. Lesions usually heal in two or three weeks.
Because of the virus’ contagious nature and its resemblance to other diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease, animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover with supportive care by a veterinarian.Click here to see more...