Colorado VS: 91 Premises in 11 Counties Quarantined

Officials said this outbreak is not contained to one specific area of the state and urged horse owners to take caution.
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As of Aug. 19, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s (CDA) state veterinarian’s office has 91 locations in 11 counties under quarantine after horses, mules, and cattle herds tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS).

County Number of Currently Quarantined Premises Number of Quarantines Released
Archuleta 4 2
Chaffee 0 1
Conejos 2 0
Delta 16 4
Gunnison 1 0
Jefferson 1 0
La Plata 6 0
Larimer 23 5
Mesa 11 0
Montezuma 5 1
Montrose 17 0
Weld 5 0
Totals 91 19

“This outbreak is not contained to one specific area of the state,” said State Veterinarian Keith Roehr, DVM. “I encourage all livestock owners to be aware of their county status and take the proper precautions to prevent insect populations on their property.”

A 2014 outbreak of VS created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.

A number of species are susceptible to VS, including horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions, and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, and teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease

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