Kentucky Restricts Texas Livestock Due to VS Case

Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout, DVM, has prohibited entry of livestock from one south Texas county because a horse there has been diagnosed with vesicular stomatitis (VS).

The Texas Animal Health Commission announced on Friday that VS was found in a horse in Starr County, located in far south Texas. Kentucky state regulations prohibit the entry of all livestock, wild, and exotic animals into the Commonwealth from the VS-infected county.

Regulations require livestock, wild, and exotic animals from the rest of Texas to be tested and found negative for VS within 10 days of entering Kentucky, have an entry permit from the state veterinarian's office, and have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection showing that the animals have been examined within five days of entering Kentucky.

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that occurs sporadically in the United States, usually in southwestern states. It can affect horses, cattle, and swine, and occasionally sheep, goats, and deer. It causes blisters to form in the animal's mouth, on teats or along the hooves, resulting in excessive salivation, lameness, and oozing sores.

The last outbreak of VS in the United States was in Wyoming in 2006. The disease spread through several western states in 2005.

For more information or for updates, go to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Web site and click on Animal Health, or call the Office of the State Veterinarian at 502/564-3956.

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