by John Maday, Drovers Managing Editor
The outbreak of vesicular stomatitis (VS) that led to quarantine of livestock operations in three states last summer has slowly died out as cold weather removes the insect vectors that carry the virus. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and State Departments of Agriculture have completed their comprehensive epidemiological investigation of this vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) event and issued a final report indicating no new cases of VSV have been reported since early December 2014. All premises previously under quarantine in Nebraska and Texas have been released. All the remaining premises under quarantine in Colorado will be released 21 days after lesions of all affected animals on the premises have healed.
As of December 24 2014, a total of 433 VS-positive premises were confirmed in three U.S. states; Colorado with 370 premises, Nebraska with one premises and Texas with 62 premises according to the USDA’s latest situation report.
Of the 433 total VS-positive premises, 403 were positive equine premises, 27 were positive bovine premises, and three premises had both cattle and horses positive.
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