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VS confirmed in New Mexico

On June 4, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses at one premises in New Mexico.

VS is a viral disease, which primarily affects horses, cattle and swine, and is occasionally found in sheep and goats. In affected livestock, VS virus causes blisterlike lesions to form in the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves and teats.

On May 26, a foreign animal disease investigation was initiated at a farm in Carlsbad, N.M., due to a report of tongue lesions in two horses on the premises. There are two additional horses, two steers and some sheep and goats on the infected premises that show no signs of lesions. Serum was taken from all horses on the premises and submitted to the NVSL for testing. Results from a second set of serum samples were consistent with the case definition for VS.

The infected premises has been placed under quarantine. There is no history of exposure and no recent herd additions. Veterinary Services and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will continue to monitor the situation and conduct response activities in an effort to minimize trade restrictions.

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