The ban on Texas livestock coming into Kentucky from Texas because of vesicular stomatitis (VS) has been amended by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher today (May 27) by an emergency regulation, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The emergency regulation will allow livestock from most of Texas to enter the Commonwealth under certain conditions. Livestock would still be prohibited from entering Kentucky if it comes from any of about 60 west Texas counties surrounding the ranch where three horses were diagnosed with VS.

Gov. Fletcher’s emergency regulation amends the 1996 rule that resulted in a ban of all livestock, wild animals, and exotic animals coming into Kentucky from states affected by VS.

“I have signed an order that minimizes the impact of the ban on the Kentucky livestock industry while maintaining adequate protections for Kentucky animals,” stated Gov. Fletcher.

Equine coming into Kentucky from states that border Texas still must have a negative VS test within the 30-day period preceding entry into the Commonwealth.

All livestock on the affected ranch in Reeves County, Texas, will be quarantined for several weeks until they are found to be free of the disease, according to the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Approximately 2,099 head of livestock from Texas entered Kentucky in 2003, according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health. Most of the livestock were cattle, equine, and goats.

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that occurs sporadically in the United States, usually in southwestern states. Before