Contagious Viral Infection Affects Texas Horses Excessive salivation is another possible sign of VS.

Vesicular Stomatitis Diagnosed in another Texas County

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed a new case of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in a horse. The equine is located in Ward County.
State officials say this is the first case of VS in the county, about 30 miles north of Fort Stockton. The premises is under quarantine.
Two previously infected herds in Reeves and Pecos Counties have been released from quarantine.
The disease causes blister-like sores on the mouths, noses and sometimes feet of infected animals. The blisters are most likely to affect the 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.
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.
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. Sand flies and black flies may play a role in the virus transmission.
Ward County is the third county affected by VS in Texas this year.