The State Vet in NM issued a press release earlier announcing 2 premises had been confirmed with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). 1 is located in Grant County (which borders AZ), the other in Otero County (which is north-northeast of El Paso).
VSV KEY POINTS:
It is not fully known how VSV spreads; factors include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and movement of animals. The
virus primarily affects cattle, horses, and pigs, causing blister-like lesions that can be painful enough to limit the animal’s eating
and drinking. Affected animals typically recover in two weeks. Quarantine of infected and exposed animals, isolation of lesioned animals, good biosecurity practices and fly control are essential elements to control the disease.
Stay tuned for more!