Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Utah

Officials have identified three affected equine premises in Emery and Uintah counties.

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Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Utah
Vesicular stomatitis virus can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats, or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and other animals. | Photo: Brian McCluskey

The USDA confirmed on Aug. 19 that the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL), in Ames, Iowa, identified Utah’s first positive vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) cases (Indiana serotype) on two equine premises. The affected premises included one in Emery County and one in Uintah County.

The NVSL subsequently identified VSV on one additional equine premises in Uintah County.

Since the USDA’s last situation report on Aug. 15, officials have identified 22 new VSV-affected U.S. premises, with eight confirmed positive cases and 14 suspect cases

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