|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.CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE
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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.