Kentucky officials have prohibited the entry of all livestock, wild and exotic animals into the Commonealth from Grant County, N.M. Vesicular stomatitis was confirmed yesterday (April 27) in a horse in Grant County, and one other horse portrayed clinical signs of the disease. Kentucky’s Administrative Regulation 302 KAR 20:115 prohibits entry of such animals from VS-affected and -embargoed areas.

In addition, all livestock (including horses), wild and exotic animals originating from the non-embargoed areas of New Mexico are required to meet the following conditions prior to entering Kentucky.

  1. Be tested and found negative to vesicular stomatitis using the C-Elisa test. This testing is offered only at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
  2. Have recorded on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection a permit for entry issued by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian’s Office. Permits may be obtained by calling 502/564-3956 during the normal business hours of 8:00 am 4:30 pm EDT Monday through Friday.
  3. Animals listed on The Certificate of Veterinary Inspection must be examined and the certificate issued during the 10-day period prior to the animal’s arrival in Kentucky, with the following certification statement included on the certificate:

“Animals represented on this certificate of veterinary inspection have not originated from a premise or area under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis or a premise on which vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty (30) days or from the area of New Mexico restricted from entry into Kentucky, as designated this date.  I have examined the animals and have found no signs of vesicular stomatitis.”

The regulations further require that all equids entering Kentucky from the bordering state of A