VSV case found in Wyoming
Two confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis, a reportable animal disease, have been found in Platte County. National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported the disease to the Wyoming state veterinarian after testing samples that were submitted last week. The samples came from horses with oral lesions suggestive of VSV. Other potentially affected animals in Platte County are being investigated by Wyoming Livestock Board and USDA APHIS veterinarians.
Wyoming’s most recent previous outbreaks of VSV were in 2005, 2006, and 2015. Nearly all of the affected livestock during those outbreak years were pastured along drainages or had very recent history of exposure to low-lying, riparian areas. We advise livestock owners, if possible, to move their healthy animals to higher, dryer ground until the VSV insect vector season subsides. That is generally after two hard frosts.
If you suspect VSV in your animals, contact your veterinarian immediately. Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable disease that should be immediately reported to the Wyoming state veterinarian at (307) 857-4140 or to the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services’ Wyoming Office at (307 432-7960.
For further information regarding this press release, please contact the Wyoming state veterinarian at (307) 421-1682.