Posted: May 8, 2012
The state veterinarian in New Mexico has reported a case of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in the US for 2012. VS is caused by a virus that affects horses, cattle, sheep and swine. While vesicular stomatitis does not generally cause animals to die, it can cause economic losses to livestock producers. The disease is significant because its outward signs are similar to those of foot-and-mouth disease. Currently there are no travel restrictions into or out of New Mexico. The premise is in south central New Mexico is under quarantine.
In Pennsylvania, the first Positive for West Nile Virus was reported 3/29/2012. West Nile Virus program is reporting the euthanization of a horse due to an active case of West Nile in Northampton County. This case starts the arrival of West Nile Virus in 2012. This case also serves as a reminder to vaccinate horses against West Nile Virus.
Many Pennsylvania horse owners have reported cases of upper respiratory issues and coughs in horses this spring. So owners beware.