Reported by Michael Manno, DVM, MS on behalf of the Equine Welfare Committee
Please be aware of a current health alert concerning both the health and movement of horses to, from and through Texas, Colorado and New Mexico and plan accordingly.
Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease which primarily affects horses, cattle, and swine. The agent that causes vesicular stomatitis, VSV, has a wide host range and can occasionally infect sheep and goats. In affected livestock, VSV causes blister-like lesions to form in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves and teats. These blisters swell and break, leaving raw tissue that is so painful that infected animals generally refuse to eat and drink and show signs of lameness. Severe weight loss usually follows.
An updated situation alert is released weekly by the USDA. Below is a link to the most current information.
Click here to view Vesitcular Stomatitis updates from the USDA.