Colorado Foot and Mouth Prevention and Response Protocol


The Colorado Department of Agriculture announced the following protocol March 15.

Preventative Procedures:

I. No cloven-hoofed animals from a known Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) country and region will be allowed to enter Colorado until six (6) months after the Office of International des Epizooties (OIE) and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Services Veterinary Services (USDA APHIS VS) have declared the country free from FMD.

II. Horses originating from a FMD country and region will be denied entrance into Colorado either by direct or indirect shipment, i.e., through another state, until six (6) months after the country of origin is declared FMD-free.

III. Companion animals, e.g., cats & dogs, and exotic animals from a known FMD country or region, that originate from rural areas or those that have had contact with cloven-hoofed animals from a known FMD country and are destined for a Colorado rural location or competition involving cloven-hoofed animals will be denied entrance into Colorado, either by direct or indirect shipment. The only exception will be those animals that originate in an FMD country’s urban area and are destined to a Colorado urban area. A prior entry permit will be required on these animals. The permit must be obtained by calling 303-239-4161, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Such animals will be immediately bathed upon arrival at the premises of destination after a sponge application or heavy misting with a one-to-one vinegar and water solution to the entire body of the animal. In addition the animal must be quarantined to the premises of destination for a minimum of ten (10) days with no cloven-hoofed animal contact for the quarantine period.

A follow up contact will be made by the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office or USDA, APHIS, VS to make sure the quarantine is being maintained.

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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