Vesicular Stomatitis Information Available

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recently released a brochure about vesicular stomatitis for the horse owner. Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a contagious disease that afflicts horses, livestock, wildlife, and humans. Although the virus that causes VS is very rarely life-threatening, it can have a significant financial impact on the horse industry because symptoms resemble those of foot and mouth disease. The disease is reportable, meaning that state or federal animal health authorities should be immediately informed of suspected cases.

Clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, transmission, and prevention are detailed in the brochure. It joins more than 20 other AAEP client education brochures available to help horse owners learn more about good equine health care practices. The brochures can be obtained by calling the AAEP at 859/233-0147, or the information can be viewed at www.myhorsematters.com.

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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