14 Additional Texas Premises Quarantined for VS

14 Additional Texas Premises Quarantined for VS

The viral disease can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and a number of other animals.

Photo: Courtesy Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported July 30 that animals residing on 14 additional Texas premises have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS). To date, 35 premises in nine Texas counties have been quarantined due to VS-positive horses and cattle.

The majority of the newly quarantine facilities house VS-positive horses, with just two facilities reporting VS-positive cattle. The facilities are located in the following areas:

  • One premises is located 2 miles northeast of Del Rio in Val Verde County
  • One premises is located 2 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 3 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 1 mile north of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 1/4 mile southeast of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 5 miles southeast of Manor in Travis County
  • One premises is located 5 miles south of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 7 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 5.5 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 3 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County (1 cow)
  • One premises is located 1 mile southeast of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County (1 cow)

The newly identified infected premises are currently under TAHC quarantine, and affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine. Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses or cattle around the state, or at any equine/cattle events.

To date, premises the following Texas counties have been quarantined with VS-positive animals: Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis, Guadalupe and Val Verde counties. Six premises in Kinney, Nueces, San Patricio, and Hidalgo counties have been released from quarantine.

The viral disease can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and a number of other animals. Lesions usually will heal in two or three weeks. Because of the contagious nature of VS and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot and mouth disease, animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover well with supportive care by a veterinarian, but some lesions can be painful.

Several states have provided the TAHC with information on enhanced entry requirements they are imposing on Texas livestock (including horses) due to the recently announced VS cases in Texas. For information about these movement restrictions, contact the state or country of destination and/or visit www.tahc.texas.gov/news/2014StateRestrictionsOnTX_VS.pdf.

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