Vesicular Stomatitis in Texas

The Texas Animal Health Commission confirms one new case of vesicular stomatitis in a horse.

From the Texas Animal Health Commission

Learn about VS symptoms and how to prevent the disease in this TAHC brochure. (Credit: Journal)

The Texas Animal Health Commission has confirmed one new case of vesicular stomatitis in a horse. The premises is located in Ward County, approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton, Texas. This is the first case of VS in this county.
 
The two previously infected herds in Reeves and Pecos County have been released.
 
The newly identified infected premises is currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory personnel until all lesions have healed and a decision is made to release the quarantine (a minimum of 14 days). There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events. It is believed that the virus overwinters in the sand and black fly population in northern Mexico and then moves northward in warmer weather.
 
Some states and other countries may restrict movement of, or impose additional requirements for susceptible species moving from states with active cases of VS. It is important for shippers or haulers of livestock to contact states of destination well in advance of scheduled movements to determine their entry requirements. For international export information, the USDA Veterinary Services office in Austin, Texas, should be contacted.

For more information about VS, check out this TAHC brochure and the USDA APHIS-VS fact sheet.   

For additional information, call 512-719-0700 or contact your local TAHC region office

The USDA APHIS-VS 2015 Vesicular Stomatitis Situation Report is available at www.aphis.usda.gov.

Visit the Equine Disease Communication Center's website to see if there are any equine disease outbreaks in your area.