Additional Cases Of VSV In Wyoming And Texas

Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) has been diagnosed in Wyoming and has spread to additional premises in Texas. Additional cases of the virus in horses and some cattle have been confirmed in Colorado and New Mexico.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the first 2019 VSV case in Wyoming on July 24, 2019. The horse lived in Platte County.

To date, 31 premises in 16 Texas counties have been confirmed with VSV. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported 11 new confirmed cases of VSV in the last week. These include:

  • Two VSV-infected horse areas in Bastrop County
  • One VSV-infected horse area in Brown County
  • Two VSV-infected horse areas in Travis County
  • One VSV-infected horse area in Hood County
  • Two VSV-infected horse areas in Palo Pinto County
  • Two VSV-infected horse area in Somervell County
  • One VSV-infected horse area in Shackelford County

These areas have been placed under quarantine by the TAHC. The premises are eligible for quarantine release 14 days after the last clinical VSV signs are observed. Signs of VSV include blisters that turn into painful sores around the mouth. The virus is transmitted by insects or through direct contact with infected animals.

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