Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) update
On May 28, veterinarian administrators with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) announced that the nation's first case of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) this year involving five horses had been confirmed in Kinney County, southeast of Del Rio.
Two additional cases of VS in horses in Hidalgo County in South Texas were announced last week. One case involved two horses approximately 24 miles northwest of Edinburg. The other case was confirmed in one horse three miles northwest of Edinburg.
On June 17, two new cases of VS were confirmed in three horses in San Patricio County in South Texas. One case involved two horses located approximately 7.5 miles southeast of Mathis. The other case is located approximately seven miles southeast of Mathis. Both VS cases tested positive for the New Jersey serotype.
The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. While under quarantine, affected horses will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians. Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed. There is no known exposure to other horses around the state, or at any equine events.
Several states have provided the TAHC with information on enhanced entry requirements that are being imposed 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 or visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/2014-06-05_StateRestrictionsOnTX_VS.pdf.
For more information about VS visit http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_VS.pdf. Additionally, a USDA APHIS-VS fact sheet is available at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/fs_vesicular_stomatitis_2012.pdf.
For more information, call 512-719-0700 or contact the local TAHC region office.