VSV Continues to Spread in the West

The State Veterinarian of WY announced last evening their first case of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV). The affected horse was at Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) for five days as a contract act horse before lesions were found.

This horse was not stalled with or near any contestant horses. The horse was quarantined and sent back to its Wyoming origin to be held in isolation away from all other livestock. No other symptomatic or clinical animals have been identified or reported.

This week’s National VSV Situation Report has details.

Southern AZ Rabies Update

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors lifted the rabies quarantine back in this spring. Below is a link to a review (in map form) of positive cases over the last couple of years.

If you’re riding, hiking, or simply out wandering around, please be aware. Same goes for your livestock or pets in the area. Be aware of the risks and consider vaccination. Rabies isn’t one of those recommended learning experiences.

2015-07-20 Skunk Map Southern AZ 2013-15

VSV – Almost Over in AZ?

I wish I could say we were done with VSV in AZ. But that’s not something I can say. This week we issued another Administrative Order quarantining another facility due to suspicious lesions. We are awaiting results from the lab. But as you probably are guessing, those results won’t be available until sometime next week.

Please continue to be vigilant. And patient.

It seems the current hot zone for VSV has moved into CO. Currently counties now with infected premises include: Delta, Larimer (new), Las Animas (new), Montezuma, and Montrose.

Maps and current national reports of the VSV situation

Equine Disease Communication Center

Folks, here’s a short blurb about a national equine notification system that is under construction. Some of it is currently active…

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) website (www.equinediseasecc.org)  is new and currently is not advertised to veterinarians or the horse owning public. This is changing as they finish the website and add alerts from state veterinary offices.

The call center to be located the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is not active, and currently calling the USEF will not provide any information or assistance.

Although the site is still under construction, many of the web pages the webpages have good information available about diseases, biosecurity and vaccinations.  Additionally please be advised they are seeking donations to make the EDCC fully functional. The information needed to make a tax deductible contribution is on the EDCC home page under “SUPPORT”.