Vesicular Stomatitis Spreads

The USDA reported today (Aug. 16) that vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been confirmed for the first time during 2005 in Archuleta, Larimer, and Moffat Counties in Colorado; Taos County in New Mexico; Emery and Sevier Counties in Utah; and in Goshen County in Wyoming.

Kentucky Expands Embargo

The Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office noted that Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming each have areas designated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture as VS Embargoed. Kentucky's Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 now prohibits the entry of all livestock and wild and exotic animals into Kentucky from the VS Embargoed portions of these states. Kentucky has designated the following counties as VS Embargoed:

  • Arizona--Graham
  • Colorado--Archuleta, Delta, Hinsdale, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, and Rio Blanco
  • Montana--Yellowstone
  • New Mexico--Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, Socorro, Taos, and Valencia
  • Utah--Beaver, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Salt Lake, Sevier, and Uintah
  • Wyoming--Goshen and Sublette

Kentucky allows entry of animals from non-embargoed areas of VS-positive states under the following guidelines:

  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 the 10-day period prior to the animal's entry into Kentucky.
  3. Have an entry permit issued by the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. 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 30 days or from an embargoed area restricted from entry into Kentucky."

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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