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PRCA ANIMAL HEALTH ALERT
EHV-1 AND VESICULAR STOMATITIS CONFIRMED IN HORSES IN THE WEST, EXPECT STRENGTHENED LIVESTOCK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The PRCA wants to alert our membership to confirmed EHV-1 cases in Oregon and confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis cases in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. We are receiving alerts from state animal health officials that they are strengthening livestock entry requirements especially for horses traveling from states with confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis.

ALL MEMBERS ARE URGED TO CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW
HEADING TO CALIFORNIA FOR RODEOS? READ BELOW AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY!

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What is Vesicular Stomatitis? (From the CA Department of Food and Ag)

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) is a viral disease affecting cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, many wild animals, and occasionally humans. VS causes vesicles (blisters) that form in the mouth (on the tongue, dental pad and lips), in the nostrils, on areas around the hooves and on the teats. These vesicles swell and break exposing raw tissue.

In cloven-hoofed animals these vesicles mimic the vesicles observed with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), a foreign animal disease eradicated from the U.S. in 1929. However, FMD does not cause vesicles in horses.

Sampling and rapid diagnosis are essential when vesicles are observed in cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals. There is no specific treatment for animals infected with VS and no vaccines are available to prevent this disease.

What is EHV-1?

Equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) is another name for the neurologic disease associated with equine herpesvirus (EHV) infections. Neurological signs appear as a result of damage to blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord associated with EHV infection. Interference with the blood supply leads to tissue damage and a subsequent loss in normal function of areas in the brain and spinal cord.

Attention Contract Personnel


Contract Personnel are no longer required to confirm rodeos worked with Procom.  Please read the following memo.


Per the PRCA Board, as of June 23rd, 2015, contract personnel will no longer be required to call PRCOM to register or ‘sign-up’ for rodeos they are working. They will be required (includes all contract personnel and stock contractors) to simply sign-in with the secretary. Prior to the last performance of the rodeo, the secretary will provide a sign-in sheet in the rodeo office and the contract personnel must personally sign in.


The secretary is required to add only those signed in on the list to the secretary system and will also provide the sign-in list with scanned/faxed documents to the PRCA. The PRCA will not grant retroactive credit for a rodeo worked and contract personnel will be fined $25 for working without personally signing in.


It is important that all contract personnel work to maintain their accounts and be aware of their account status. If a member works a rodeo while ineligible or inactive they will be fined in accordance with PRCA Rule B10.1.11 and B10.1.12, respectively.


All members can create a member self-service account at www.prorodeo.org


Additionally, please remember that individual card numbers are to remain private. If you are in a position to have access to information containing member card numbers, you do not have authorization to share that information in any fashion. It is your responsibility to ensure the information stays private and is not available for others to view or distribute.  


If you have any questions or comments regarding the above information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your representative on the Contract Personnel Executive Council



Memo, June 23, 2015 [PDF]
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