VSV Case Confirmed in Dolores County
According to updated information, as of August 30th, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has increased the number of counties with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VSV) to thirty-two Colorado counties.
This time, Dolores County is included in the list.
- El Paso
- La Plata
- Rio Blanco
- San Miguel
ALL VSV cases are important for the epidemiology and management of this outbreak and MUST be reported to the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130, regardless if the owner and veterinarian decide to have their livestock tested or choose to manage as positive premises based on the presence of typical clinical signs without testing.
"We are seeing increasing numbers in new counties across the state,” said Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. “It is important to remain diligent in checking horses and livestock for VSV lesions and contacting your veterinarian if symptoms are found."
The only cases that may be managed as suspect positive are equine cases located in counties that have confirmed cases.
While an individual equine case may not seem vitally important, the case numbers and case management as a whole (diagnostics, movement restrictions, issuance of hold orders and quarantines) are critical.
“It is of utmost importance that livestock owners report VSV occurrences and comply with hold or quarantine orders to limit the potential for disease spread in this VSV outbreak.” said Colorado State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.
Equine owners and livestock producers across the state are impacted by VSV; all livestock owners should carefully watch the case numbers and affected counties to gauge their level of risk and institute mitigation measures.
The total count of premises under quarantine for VSV by county is outlined in the table below.
CDA’s Animal Health division is updating this table regularly with the latest data on its CDA VSV website.
CLICK PHOTO TO READ MORE <-- The link takes you to Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital page on the subject of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV).