Kentucky Tightens VS Regulations

After receiving information that more premises and cases had confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas and New Mexico, Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, announced on June 23 more detailed restrictions on movement of all livestock and wild animals from Texas, and a ban on movement into the state of all livestock and wild and exotic animals from New Mexico.


Kentucky received information the morning of June 23 that equine on four premises in Starr County, Texas, and a single premise in Dimmit County, Texas, had been diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis. Stout said Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115E will now prohibit the entry of all livestock and wild and exotic animals from entering Kentucky from New Mexico and the VS-affected and embargoed portions of Texas, which are identified as:

  • South of Route 70 from Paducah, Texas, going west to the New Mexico Line;
  • West of Route 83 from Paducah going south to Junction, Texas;
  • West of I-10 from Junction going southeast to San Antonio;
  • South and West of I-37 from San Antonio southeast to Corpus Christi.

Stout went on to say that all livestock (including horses) and wild and exotic animals originating from the non-embargoed areas of Texas are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky:

  1. Be tested and found negative to vesicular stomatitis using the C-Elisa Test.
  2. Have an entry permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
  3. A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection within ten (10) days containing the following statement: "Animals represented on this certificate of veterinary inspection have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis or a premise on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days, or from the area of Texas restricted from entry into Kentucky, as designated as of this date. I have examined the animals and have found no signs of vesicular stomatitis."

Also, 302 KAR 20:115E requires that all equidae entering Kentucky from a state that has a common border with affected states be accompanied upon their entry into Kentucky with a negative test for vesicular stomatitis virus. The sampling shall be conducted during the ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky. States sending equine into Kentucky that are required to be accompanied with a negative vesicular stomatitis test are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Utah. In addition, all livestock from the non-restricted areas of Texas are required to be tested VS-negative using the C-Elisa test.

Information regarding Kentucky's embargos can be found at

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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