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New Mexico Officials Offer Steps to Protect Horses From VS

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New Mexico Officials Offer Steps to Protect Horses From VS
Vesicular stomatitis virus can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, gotas, llamas, and a number of other animals. | Photo: Courtesy Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz
As fair season approaches, the New Mexico Livestock Board announced several recommendations as a result of confirmed vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) cases in New Mexico horses.

New Mexico State Veterinarian Ralph Zimmerman, DVM, urges horse owners to be diligent.

“While we are not ordering the cancelation of any events at this point, we recommend several advisable steps to keep animals safe,” he said. “I encourage common sense decision-making and overall awareness of the situation.”

Following is a list of recommendations for fair or rodeo organizers, as well as individuals bringing animals to

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