Vesicular Stomatitis Found in Texas

July 16, 2014 02:35 AM
 

On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One premises is located 2 miles east of Webberville in Travis County. The other premise is 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties. The Kinney county premises has been released from quarantine.

The newly identified infected premises is currently under quarantine by the TAHC. 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 around the state, or at any equine events.

History:

  • On July 8, the first VS case in Texas cattle was diagnosed in two head of cattle in South Texas, approximately 6 miles southwest of Mathis.
  • On July 3, a case of VS was announced in a horse in Nueces County south of Mathis.
  • On June 20, a case of VS was announced in Nueces County 10 miles south of Mathis.
  • On June 17, two cases of VS were confirmed in horses in San Patricio County. One premises is located approximately 7 ½ miles southeast of Mathis and the other is located approximately 7 miles southeast of Mathis.
  • Two cases of VS in horses in Hidalgo County were announced on June 5 and 9. One premises is approximately 24 miles northwest of Edinburg and other is three miles northwest of Edinburg.
  • On May 28, the TAHC announced confirmation of the nation’s first case of VS this year in horses in Kinney County southeast of Del Rio.

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. For information about these movement restrictions, contact the state or country of destination and/or visit www.tahc.texas.gov.

For more information about VS, visit the TAHC’s brochure at www.tahc.state.tx.us. A USDA-APHIS VS fact sheet is available at www.aphis.usda.gov.

For current USDA-APHIS VS situation reports visit www.aphis.usda.gov.

For additional information, contact your local TAHC region office or visit www.tahc.texas.gov/agency/TAHC_RegionalOfficeMap_2013.pdf for individual region contact information.

Source: Texas Animal Health Commission

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