Number of Missouri VSV Cases Continues to Climb

USDA/APHIS has announced four new confirmed positive and one new suspect premises.
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Number of Missouri VSV Cases Continues to Climb
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. | Photo: Courtesy Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz
In its July 30 Situation Report, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced four new confirmed positive and one new suspect premises with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in Missouri. The new premises are in:

  • Jasper County — one new confirmed positive and one new suspect equine premises;
  • McDonald County — one new confirmed positive equine premises; and
  • Newton County — one new confirmed positive equine premises.

Missouri currently contains five affected counties (confirmed positive premises, current premises quarantined):

  • Cedar — (2, 2)
  • Jasper — (8, 14)
  • Lawrence — (1, 1)
  • McDonald — (3, 3)
  • Newton — (8, 12)

Premises with confirmed positive and suspect cases are quarantined and monitored by veterinarians for at least 14 days from the onset of lesions in the last animal affected.

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

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