By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) has reported suspect Vesicular Stomatitis Virus(VSV) horses (classic tongue and lip lesions) in Valencia and Los Alamos counties.


According to the Equine Disease Communication Center, the following details are available on the two suspect cases:

Each horse in Los Alamos and Valencia County is alive. Clinical signs include lesions on ears, sheath and ventral abdomen.

NMLB says Sandoval County continues to have active cases. Colorado and Texas have also identified suspects of VSV.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle, and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. In rare events, humans can also become infected when exposed to and handling infected animals. The disease occurs seasonally in the southwestern United States, Central America and South America.

Excessive salivation may be the first clinical sign of disease and some animals may present with a mild fever. The virus may produce raised, blister-like lesions on the inner surface of the lips, gums, tongue and/or dental pad. Lesions may also occur on the nostrils coronary band, vulva prepuce, and teats. Oral blister rupture causes pain and subsequent reluctance to eat and drink.

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