Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in New Mexico Horses

Officials are managing two vesicular stomatitis cases: one in a Grant County horse and one in an Otero County horse.

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The New Mexico Livestock Board is working with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (APHIS-VS) on investigating two cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS), one in a Grant County horse and another in an Otero County horse.

An infectious viral disease of livestock, VS typically causes painful blister-like lesions on the lips, nostrils, tongue, coronary bands, and teats. Humans can become infected when handling animals, contaminated materials, tissues, blood or viral cultures.

The USDA-APHIS-VS notified the New Mexico state veterinarian on April 29 that VS had been confirmed in Grant County. The affected horse resides in a herd of four equids, and 12 cows are also housed on the premises. There is no recent history of livestock movement from the premises. All livestock on the property are under quarantine by order of the state veterinarian.

Additionally, one horse on an Otero County premises also tested positive for VS. The affected horse, an unaffected horse, and nine cows are under quarantine at that location. There is no recent history of livestock movement from the premises

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