Horses From VSV-Affected Areas Banned From American Quarter Horse Congress

To protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the state is not allowing the import of horses from counties with confirmed and suspected cases of the highly contagious vesicular stomatitis virus.
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Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. | Courtesy Wyoming State Veterinarian's Office
To protect horses and other livestock in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is not allowing the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). This restriction applies to the All American Quarter Horse Congress, which is scheduled to begin in Columbus on Oct. 1.

“VSV has not been detected in Ohio, and we are taking every precaution possible to keep it that way,” said ODA State Veterinarian Tony Forshey, DVM. “With the All American Quarter Horse Congress coming, we thought it was important to restrict further movement to prevent the disease’s potential spread.”

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses, but can also infect cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. The disease causes blister-like lesions, which burst and leave open wounds. It is extremely painful to animals and can result in the inability to eat and drink and even lameness.

VSV is highly contagious, with biting insects being the most common method of transmission. Humans can also contract VSV by coming into contact with lesions, saliva, or nasal secretions from infected animals. In people, the disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle ache, headache, and nausea

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