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Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Five Horses in Kinney County, Texas

Vesicular Stomatitis Detected in Five Horses in Kinney County, Texas

May 28th, 2014

"AUSTIN - Vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been detected in five horses in far Southwest Texas, (in Kinney County, southeast of Del Rio, TX). The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the viral infection of the five horses. The horses were tested after the owner observed blistering and swelling on the animals' muzzles and contacted their veterinary practitioner. Testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the virus as the New Jersey serotype." ....

Read the full Texas Animal Health Commission News Release at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/pr/2014/2014-05-28_VSKinneyCounty.pdf

There are no cases of vesicular stomatitis diagnosed in Georgia. Georgia has rules in place to restrict the movement of livestock from a vesicular stomatitis positive premise. Livestock originating from a state that has had vesicular stomatitis diagnosed requires special veterinary statements. Additionally, individuals that frequent exhibitions and other events where livestock from multiple origins are brought together are cautioned to be vigilant

Click HERE to view the Georgia Department of Agriculture's regulations specific to vesicular stomatitis.