By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

Wyoming animal health officials are reporting the first Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) case of 2019, joining Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Beautiful horses
Public domain image/Dusan Bicanski

On July 24, 2019, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa confirmed a finding of
vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection (Indiana serotype) on an equine premises in Platte County,
Wyoming. Horses on the premises have met the case definition of infection with compatible clinical
signs and virus isolation positive results. This is the 2019 index case of VSV for Wyoming.

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VSV can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and a number of other animals. Lesions usually will heal in two or three weeks. Because of the contagious nature of VSV and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover with supportive care by a veterinarian.

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