New Mexico VS Embargo Lifted

New Mexico has been removed from the Kentucky list of vesicular stomatitis (VS)-embargoed states. Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, wrote the following in a letter to New Mexico's state veterinarian posted on the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's (KDA) web site: "Our removal of New Mexico from the list of embargoed states is based on information received from your office and the USDA's Veterinary Service that New Mexico is no longer experiencing active cases of vesicular stomatitis, and there are no premises currently under quarantine as a result of past infection. In addition, our conversations with veterinary officials in New Mexico during the recent past indicate there are no premises being investigated for infection that are described as probable based on clinical findings." New Mexico's first 2004 VS case was confirmed on June 4, at which time quarantines and embargoes were established.

Colorado is the only state remaining under Kentucky's VS embargo. Stout added, "Conversations we have had with veterinary officials in Colorado suggest that they too will be declared free of vesicular stomatitis in the next few days." Cases in Colorado began showing up in late June 2004 in Colorado, with quarantines beginning in early July.

In light of this development, Arizona and Texas will no longer be considered VS "bordering states," and will no longer be required to meet additional shipping requirements dealing with VS. Texas had VS quarantines beginning May 19, 2004 and stretching until Oct. 18, 2004.

Since New Mexico borders Colorado, however, Kentucky "regulations will require the following for animals entering Kentucky from New Mexico until such time that Colorado is removed from the list of VS-affected states. Again, we anticipate this to be early next week," wrote Stout.

Horses entering Kentucky from New Mexico must be examined during the five (5) day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky with a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) completed by the examining veterinarian. The certificate shall have the following statement included: "Animals represented on this certificate of veterinary inspection have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis or a state in which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days.

Equine animals entering Kentucky from a state that has a common border with affected states shall be accompanied upon their entry into Kentucky with a negative test for VSV. The sampling shall be conducted during the ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky. Any of the three USDA approved tests meets this testing requirement.

States sending equine animals into Kentucky that are currently required to be accompanied with a negative VS test are Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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