Two Cases Of Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed In New Mexico

The USDA reported that two horses in Sandoval County, New Mexico, tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS). Housed at a boarding facility with 17 horses, seven llamas and two goats, the positive horses live in a field together and have not left the premise recently. No other animals are showing signs of VS.

The facility is under Mew Mexico state quarantine and will stay under quarantine until 14 days from the onset of clinical signs in the last animal.

VS is spread by biting midges, sand flies and black flies. People can contract VS if an infected horse’s saliva gets into the eyes or mouth, or in an open wound. Precautions should be taken to keep flies off of horses; if an infected horse is on the property, gloves and protective gear should be worn when handling the equine.

Read more at EquiManagement.

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