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Updated Vesicular Stomatitis status in Colorado
Dr. O'Brien

Updated Vesicular Stomatitis status in Colorado

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) is spreading rapidly in Colorado with 130 premises quarantined as of July 18th. These premises are in 6 counties, including La Plata County and Delta County on the Western Slope with a suspect case in Montezuma County as well.  Most states that are unaffected with VSV will have tighter Health Certificate requirements for horses coming from Colorado so be sure to let us know your destination early so that we can help you plan accordingly.  

Best prevention methods:
  1. Fly control
  2. Containment of suspected animals with immediate veterinary attention
  3. Require health certificates for all new animals coming to your stable within 3-5 days of arrival
  4. Stable at night if you have that option

This year's virus is the Indiana strain of Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV), last seen in 1998 in Colorado.  Earlier outbreaks in 2004/2005 and 2014/2015 were the New Jersey strain of VSV.  This is a reportable disease, please notify us immediately of any suspected cases.  Remember that horses, cattle, swine, alpacas, llamas and goats can be affected.  This is an especially important time of year to be vigilant with the county fair underway! 

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