Excessive salivation is another sign of VS.
New Mexico officials have confirmed two horses have tested positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS). Properties in Grant and Otero counties are under a mandatory quarantine.
The New Mexico State Veterinarian was notified on April 29 that a horse in Grant County has the virus. Four horses and 12 cows on the index property are under a state ordered quarantine. None have recently been off the property, according to officials.
Another horse in Otero County has also been confirmed positive for VS. Two horses, including the infected one, and nine cows are under quarantine.
VS is an infectious viral disease that typically causes painful blister-like lesions. The blisters are most likely to affect the mouth, the tongue and around the nose and muzzle. They can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.
Many animals recover after a couple of weeks from the disease, but if the vesicles become infected, officials say the recovery process, which includes treatment of the horse’s symptoms, may take longer. Other animals, including sheep, cows, goats, and llamas, can also be affected.
The disease can move from animal to animal by contact or exposure to saliva or fluid from ruptured lesions. Insects are also suspected as an important vector in the transmission of the disease. Quarantine of infected and exposed animals, isolation of infected animals, good biosecurity practices and fly control are essential elements to control the disease.
May 15 – The New Mexico location is no longer under quarantine, according to the USDA.