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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


As you are aware, contract personnel are now required to call Procom to confirm their intent to work a rodeo. The primary purpose for this is to allow personnel to be notified as to their eligibility status prior to working a rodeo.


All contract personnel must still check in on-site with the rodeo secretary. The secretary is still responsible for submitting a list of all personnel who were present at the rodeo. This submitting list is considered the ‘official’ report and those individuals listed will receive credit for working the rodeo.


It is the responsibility of contract personnel to go to the rodeo secretary office and provide your card number. It is not the secretary’s responsibility to locate individuals or guess as to who may be present. Confirming through Procom your intent to work a rodeo is entirely separate from confirming with the secretary at the rodeo that you are in fact present.


Failure to check in with the rodeo secretary will result in personnel not receiving credit for a particular rodeo. Credit for working a rodeo will not be given retroactively to personnel who did not check in on-site.


Should you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact National Headquarters at 719-593-8840.  


New photo website for PRCA members
 
The PRCA has launched a new website within Prorodeo.com for members and fans to purchase rodeo images from PRCA Photographers.


If you missed buying your photo at a recent PRCA rodeo, you can search the website by event and purchase the photos directly from the site. This new tool allows PRCA Photographers to reach a greater audience and now provides a place for fans to search for their favorite contestant and purchase one or multiple images. As the site is still in the beginning stages, please keep in mind that the list of rodeos posted is growing, so check back often.

 

To learn more, visit prorodeophotos.com  

 



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