No New Equine VSV Cases Reported

All previously quarantined premises have been released.

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No New Equine VSV Cases Reported
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. | Photo: Courtesy Dr. Josie Traub-Dargatz
In its Sept. 24 Situation Report, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) had no new cases of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) to announce. Since its previous Situation Report on Sept. 17, four previously VSV-infected premises in Kansas and Missouri were released from quarantine, leaving no premises currently quarantined in the U.S.

Premises released are in:

  • Kansas (Sedgwick County)
  • Missouri (Camden, Ozark, and Phelps counties)

VSV has been confirmed on 205 premises and suspected on 120 premises since the 2020 outbreak began in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, on April 13. Since then, cases have been confirmed* or suspected** in eight states:

  • Arizona – *18, **1 in 7 counties
  • Arkansas – *4, **0 in 1 county
  • Kansas – *101, **95 in 26 counties
  • Missouri – *36, **17 in 11 counties
  • Nebraska – *5, **0 in 3 counties
  • New Mexico – *13, **3 in 6 counties
  • Oklahoma – *18, **4 in 9 counties
  • Texas – *10, **0 in 6 counties

At this time in 2019 (APHIS Situation Report of Sept. 26), which tallied the highest number of cases in the past 40 years of recorded history, 151 premises remained quarantined for confirmed or suspect cases

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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