APHIS Releases Final Summary of 2012 Vesicular Stomatitis Cases

The final quarantines connected to the outbreak were released in late December, according to the summary.
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The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released last week the final summary of the vesicular stomatitis (VS) outbreak that occurred in New Mexico and Colorado in 2012. The final quarantines connected to the outbreak were released in late December, according to the summary.

The 2012 VS outbreak began April 30, 2012, when two New Mexico horses tested positive for the disease. At the time, state veterinarian Dave Fly, DVM, told TheHorse.com that those horses were located on a single premises about a mile outside the town of Tularosa. That facility was placed under quarantine.

By July, more than 20 New Mexico horses residing in six counties had tested positive for the disease.

According to the APHIS final summary, a total of 49 New Mexico horses residing on 34 premises in 10 counties tested positive for VS in 2012. The final quarantines had been released as of Dec. 24

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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