Ag Department Warns of Vesicular Stomatitus Outbreak

cdaAs the Moffat and Routt County Fairs approach, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has placed 21 locations under quarantine after horses tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). So far, none of those locations are in Northwest Colorado. The quarantines are located in Boulder, Broomfield, El Paso, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in other counties are pending. However, the Colorado Ag Department has released a list of tips and signs for recognizing the disease. Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS. Colorado is the second state in the country to have confirmed cases of VS. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis in 2014 have been diagnosed in Texas. For more information, click here.

Comments are closed.