Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Now In Arizona, New Mexico And Texas

On April 30, the USDA reported that vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) was identified or suspected in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. In Arizona, one new positive case of VSV was confirmed in Pinal County. In New Mexico, there are two new suspect premises: Dona Ana County and Sierra County. There has been one additional positive VSV case in Texas in El Paso County.

The 2020 VS outbreak began on April 13, when the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed the first positive VS case in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Cases were then confirmed in Arizona and Texas. In total, 14 VSV-affected premises have been found, with 12 confirmed. On all 14  premises, only horses  have been affected.

New Mexico has nine affected premises (seven confirmed positive and two suspect) in three counties: Dona Ana, Eddy and Sierra Counties. Arizona has identified two positive premises in two counties: Cochise and Pinal Counties. Texas has identified three positive premises in two counties: El Paso and Starr Counties.

VSV is a viral disease that can affect horses, cattle and pigs, and occasionally llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats. Animals get blisters around their mouth, lose weight and become lethargic. Rarely life threatening, infected animals are quarantined and required to limit movement.

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