Wyoming: Riverton-area Livestock Under Quarantine Due to Illness

September 24, 2015 01:04 PM
Wyoming: Riverton-area Livestock Under Quarantine Due to Illness

Nine locations around Riverton, Wyo. have been quarantined due to a virus that can cause painful sores in infected animals.

The Ranger of Riverton reports that all Wyoming ranchers may have a limited ability to move and sell their animals because of the vesicular stomatitis outbreak.

The virus primarily affects horses and cattle but can also affect sheep, goats, swine, llamas, bison and other animals. State veterinarian Jim Logan says it is not a human safety risk.

About 20 locations in the state are currently under quarantine due to vesicular stomatitis. Over the year, 80 in nine Wyoming counties have been quarantined.

The disease, which is thought to be spread by insects that migrate along river valleys, can cause blisters, sores, sloughing of skin and lameness in animals.

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