Vesicular Stomatitis found in 10 Colorado counties, including Weld |

Vesicular Stomatitis found in 10 Colorado counties, including Weld

For the first time this year, Weld County is showing up on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s state veterinarian’s office list of counties with confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis.

There are now 70 locations in 10 Colorado counties that have tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis, according to a press release.

The 70 locations are under quarantine after horses, mules and cattle herds tested positive for the virus.

According to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle. It can occasionally affect swine, sheep, goats, llamas and alpaca.

Humans also can be infected with the virus when handling infected livestock, but it is very rare.

VS doesn’t normally kill the animals that are infected, but it causes an economic loss to producers.

The virus is not very contagious from animal to animal, but it normally spreads through insect vectors, primarily biting flies.

Weld was not on the Aug. 6 update of the disease, but two locations have tested positive for the virus since. Montrose County leads the state with 19 locations affected. Larimer is second with 18 locations testing positive.

With the reappearance of VS in Colorado, producers are encouraged to take precautions to protect their herds by reducing the amount of flies around the livestock.

“This outbreak is not contained to one specific area of the state,” said state veterinarian Keith Roehr. “I encourage all livestock owners to be aware of their county status and take the proper precautions to prevent insect populations on their property.”

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