Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak in Arizona

The first cases of vesicular stomatitis this year were reported in three horses in Cochise County, Ariz. Vesicular stomatitis is sporadically occurring virus that causes blister-like lesions in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves, prepuce, and teats of livestock. The disease most frequently occurs during warmer months in the southwestern United States.

Kentucky has since imposed travel restrictions on livestock entering the state from areas of Southeast Arizona. No livestock (including horses) that originate from within a 10-mile radius of any premises under a vesicular stomatitis quarantine are permitted entry into Kentucky. For up-to-date information on travel restrictions into Kentucky visit the Office of the State Veterinarian website.

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