Kentucky Officials Extend VS Embargo

According to a July 12 memo from Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert Stout, DVM, officials have extended Kentucky's vesicular stomatitis (VS) embargo to include Sandoval and Santa Fe Counties in New Mexico, and San Juan and Uintah Counties in Utah.

All livestock (including equines), wild, and exotic animals are currently prohibited from entry into Kentucky from the following counties:

  • Arizona: Graham, Maricopa, Navajo and Yavapai
  • Colorado: Delta
  • New Mexico: Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Socorro
  • Utah: Davis, Garfield, San Juan and Uintah

Non-Embargoed Areas of VS positive states are 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. Equines from a non-embargoed area must be tested using the C-Elisa Test with the sample collected during the 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-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.

Kentucky officials also have special regulations for states bordering states with confirmed cases of VS. Currently there are no bordering states defined by the KDA.

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