Vesicular Stomatitis Reported in 12th Texas Horse Lesions caused by Vesicular Stomatitis.   

Vesicular Stomatitis Continues to Spread in Texas, Message to AQHYA World Competitors

Eight new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis have been confirmed in Central Texas horses, according to animal health officials.
Five new premises are located in Travis County and three are in Bastrop County. All have been placed under quarantine by the state. Premises are eligible for release from quarantine 21 days after all lesions have healed.
A closer examination by the Texas Animal Health Commission reveals each location as being located:

– 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
– 6 miles southeast of Spicewood in Travis County
– 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
– 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County
– 4 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
– 2 miles south of Garfield in Travis County
– 3.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County
– 2.5 miles northwest of Webberville in Travis County

Twenty-one locations in eight Texas counties have been confirmed with the highly contagious disease. Affected counties include Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop, Travis and Guadalupe counties. Four locations have been released from quarantine including the original premises in Kinney County, two locations in Nueces County and a single case in San Patricio County.
In the midst of the VS outbreak, the American Quarter Horse Association is preparing for the 2014 Ford Youth World in neighboring Oklahoma. The competition is scheduled for August 1 – 9 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Exhibitors from the affected Texas counties will need to provide a health certificate dated within five-days of arriving at the fairgrounds, according to AQHA. The health certificate should read, “This horse is free of Vesicular Stomatitis.”
Horses in two Colorado counties are also infected with the disease on seven premises. There is no mention of additional precautions being taken regarding Colorado exhibitors bring horses to the Oklahoma quarter horse event.
There is not a vaccine to control the disease. Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease, according to veterinarians. Researchers believe outbreaks are sparked by a virus transmitted by black flies and sand flies.
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. Symptoms include blisters and sores in the mouth, tongue, muzzle, teats, sheath, or hooves. A horse will show signs of fever and may show other symptoms within two to eight days. Other animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and llamas, can also be infected.
The disease can move from animal to animal by contact or exposure to saliva or fluid from ruptured lesions.
Owners are urged to report symptoms to their vets immediately since VS is highly contagious and resembles other diseases, such as foot and mouth disease.
While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. In humans, the disease can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.
If you are shipping from Texas, some state’s have placed restrictions on horses coming from the state due to the outbreak.