Kentucky Embargoes for Utah VS Outbreak

With horses in both Davis county and Garfield county, Utah, having been diagnosed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS), Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 now prohibits the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into Kentucky from the VS Embargoed portions of Utah designated to include all of Davis and Garfield counties. Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah each have counties designated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as VS Embargoed Areas.

Kentucky Entry Requirements for Embargoed Areas within VS Positive States

All Livestock (including equine), wild, and exotic animals are currently prohibited from entry into Kentucky from the designated areas defined to include the following counties:

  • Arizona: Maricopa, Pinal, Navajo and Yavapai
  • New Mexico: Luna (Grant and Hidalgo are no longer included in the embargo)
  • Texas: Travis
  • Utah: Davis and Garfield
  • Non-Embargoed Areas of VS Positive States Allowed Restricted Entry

In addition to the entry requirements found in 302KAR20:040 - Entry into Kentucky, all livestock (including horses), wild and exotic animals originating from the non-embargoed areas of a state having confirmed cases of VS are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky.

  1. Be tested and found negative to VS using a USDA approved test with the sample collected during the 10 day period prior to the animal’s arrival in Kentucky.
  2. Equine from a non-embargoed area must be tested using the C-Elisa Test with the sample collected during ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky.
  3. Have an entry permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm EDT.
  4. Be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection indicating that examination of the animals occurred during the five (5) day period prior to arrival in Kentucky and containing the following statement: "Animals represented on this CVI have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine or on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days or from an embargoed area restricted from entry into Kentucky.

States Bordering Designated Embargoed Areas

There are currently no bordering states defined by the KY Dept of Agriculture.

In addition to the entry requirements found in 302KAR20:040--Entry into Kentucky, all livestock (including horses), wild and exotic animals originating from a state which has a common border with a VS Embargoed Area are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky.

  1. Have an Entry Permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm EDT.
  2. Be examined during the five (5) day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection completed by the examining veterinarian. The certificate shall have the following statement included: "Animals represented on this CVI have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine or on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days or from an embargoed area restricted from entry into Kentucky. Equine entering Kentucky from a state which has a common border with a VS Embargoed Area shall be accompanied upon their entry into Kentucky with a negative test for VSV (the Complement Fixation, Virus Neutralization and CELISA tests are accepted). The sampling shall be conducted during the ten (10) day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky.

Information regarding Kentucky’s embargos can be found on the internet at www.kyagr.com.

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