Colorado Livestock Quarantined After Disease Found

August 18, 2015 09:48 AM
Colorado Livestock Quarantined After Disease Found

A debilitating livestock virus has prompted the Colorado Department of Agriculture to place animals in 70 locations across the state under quarantine.

The Greeley Tribune reports that horses, mules and cattle herds have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, known as VS.

Ten counties have been affected by the virus, with Montrose County leading the state with 19 locations affected. Larimer County is second with 18 affected areas. Conejos, Weld, Archuleta, Delta, La Plata, Mesa, Chaffee and Montezuma also have confirmed cases.

The disease causes painful, blister-like lesions on horses, cattle and pigs.

The virus is spread by insects and from animal to animal through open sores and saliva.

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