New Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah VS Cases Prompt Embargo Extension

Information reported Monday afternoon (July 25) by the USDA indicates vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time this year in La Plata and Mesa counties in Colorado, Rio Arriba County in New Mexico, and Grand County in Utah. With this information, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has included each of these counties in the defined VS Embargo Area. Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah each have areas designated by the KDA as VS Embargoed Areas. Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 now prohibits the entry of all livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals into Kentucky from the VS embargoed portions of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah as described below.

Embargoed Areas within VS Positive States
All Livestock (including equine), wild animals, and exotic animals are currently prohibited from entry into Kentucky from the following counties:

ARIZONA: Graham, Maricopa, Navajo, and Yavapai
COLORADO: Delta, La Plata, Mesa, and Montrose
NEW MEXICO: Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Socorro, and Valencia
UTAH: Davis, Duchesne, Garfield, Grand, San Juan, and Uintah

Livestock (including equine), wild animals, and exotic animals from non-embargoed areas of VS positive states must be tested and found negative for VS using a USDA-approved test on a blood sample collected during the 10-day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky. Equine from a non-embargoed area must be tested using the the C-ELISA test on a sample taken within the 10-day period prior to the animal's arrival in Kentucky, and it must have an entry permit issued by the KDA recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued within five days of its Kentucky entry. Finally, the CVI must contain 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."

For more information, see www.kyagr.com.

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