VSV Identified in 16 New Kansas Counties
The July 20, 2020, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Vesicular Stomatitis Situation Report confirmed the highly contagious disease has spread to 19 new Kansas premises since the previous week’s report.

The counties and number of new premises in each include:

  • Allen County (3);
  • Cherokee County (5);
  • Coffey County (1);
  • Elk County (1);
  • Labette County (2);
  • Lyon County (2),
  • Miami County (1);
  • Neosho County (2); and
  • Wilson County (2).

Additionally, USDA/APHIS identified suspect premises in Allen, Butler, Cherokee, Cowley, Labette, Lyon, Neosho, and Wilson counties.

VS 101

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 a number of other animals. Lesions usually heal in two or three weeks.

Because of the virus’ contagious nature and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover with supportive care by a veterinarian.

“Vesicular stomatitis has been confirmed only in the Western Hemisphere,” APHIS said on its website. “It is known to be an endemic disease in the warmer regions of North, Central, and South America, and outbreaks of the disease in other temperate geographic parts of the hemisphere occur sporadically. The Southwestern and Western United States have experienced a number of vesicular stomatitis outbreaks … Outbreaks usually occur during the warmer months, often along waterways.” According to Angela Pelzel McCluskey, DVM, APHIS’ equine epidemiologist, the largest VS outbreak in more than 40 years of recorded history occurred in 2019.

Some states and other countries might restrict movement of, or impose additional requirements for, susceptible animals from states having known VS cases. Before moving livestock, contact the state of destination for its requirements.