Texas Confirms Additional Vesicular Stomatitis Cases

Texas Confirms Additional Vesicular Stomatitis Cases

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.

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has received confirmation of two new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses. One premises is located 2.9 miles northwest of Smithville in Bastrop County and one premises is located 10.6 miles west of Bastrop in Bastrop County. Five premises have been released in Travis County since Aug. 20.

The newly identified infected premises are currently quarantined. Affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine. Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed.

To date, 57 premises in 11 Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Currently affected counties include Bastrop, Falls, Guadalupe, Travis, and Williamson. Eleven of the 55 premises have been released and six counties (Jim Wells, Kinney, Nueces, San Patricio, Val Verde, and Hidalgo) 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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