EQUINE NEWS

AFTER A TWO-WEEK LULL, VSV CONFIRMED IN MISSOURI

Following two weeks of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Situation Reports with no new confirmed vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) cases and all previously positive premises released from quarantine, APHIS confirmed one new positive equine premises, in Texas County, Missouri, in its October report.

Premises with confirmed positive and suspect cases are quarantined and monitored by veterinarians for at least 14 days from the onset of lesions in the last animal affected.

Once APHIS confirms a county as VSV-positive, new equine premises in that county that show clinical signs of VSV aren’t required to be tested. Instead, that premises is quarantined and classified as suspect.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, sheep and other animals