Emergency Vesicular Stomatitis Rules

Following are summaries of the emergency rules that are in effect currently in Florida and Kentucky, due to the outbreak of VS in New Mexico and Texas. Visit the web sites listed to read the exact wording of the restrictions.

(Effective May 24, up-to-date as of June 29.)

The Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) for any hooved livestock animal intended for importation into or through Florida from vesicular stomatitis- (VS) affected states must include a special statement that the animals have been found to be free of the disease or vectors of the disease (insects that could carry VS). Any hooved livestock entering Florida from VS-affected states must have advanced permission from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the prior permission number must be stated on the OCVI. In order to be approved for importation, animals must be found to be found free of clinical signs of VS and not have been exposed to nor located within 10 miles of a VS positive premise within the past 30 days. Hooved animals from affected areas that are entering Florida also must go through a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state, and be found free of all clinical signs and vectors of VS before quarantine release.  

Click here for more information regarding Florida's regulations: http://doacs.state.fl.us/ai/ai_main_vs.htm.

(Emergency rule in effect and amended May 27; New Mexico embargo added June 4; and Texas Zone extended June 23. Up-to-date as of June 29.)

Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115E prohibits 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.

All livestock and wild and exotic animals originating from the non-embargoed areas of Texas are required to meet three conditions prior to entering Kentucky. They must test negative for VS using the C-Elisa Test, have an entry permit issued by the state veterinarian and recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), and a CVI within 10 days containing a statement clearing that the animals do not have the disease and have not originated from a VS-affected area or from the Texas restricted areas. All equids entering the state from a state with a common border with affected states (in this case, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Utah)  must test negative for VS within 10 days prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky. Finally, all livestock from the non-restricted areas of Texas are required to be tested VS-negative using the C-Elisa test.

Officials from the state veterinarian's office suggest that you check www.kyagr.com for any changes in the embargoes.

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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