More VS in Colorado and Utah: Kentucky Embargoes Expanded

Information reported by the USDA indicates vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time this year in Rio Blanco County in Colorado, and Beaver, Carbon, and Salt Lake Counties 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 embargoed areas designated by the KDA. 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. 

Entry Requirements:

Embargoed Areas within VS-Positive States

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

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

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 animals, 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Have an entry permit issued by this office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI). Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm EDT.
  • Be accompanied by a CVI 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."

There are currently no restrictions on states that border those currently affected by VS.

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