Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, swine and occasionally sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. Humans are rarely infected with handling infected animals. Click here for more information on vesicular stomatitis.
Important information for veterinarians:
VSV is a reportable disease, please call our office at (303)869-9130 as soon as possible to report suspicion of disease.
Place a hold order on the premises as soon as VS is suspected, in order to restrict the movement of affected and exposed animals.
TEST - Collect both swab and serum
When sampling horses for vesicular stomatitis, please obtain a swab of the affected area AND draw blood to obtain serum for a CF test.
Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. States may impose certain restrictions for horses and livestock coming from VSV affected states. Visit this website for a list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices.
If the destination state requires you to certify that the livestock do not originate within a specified distance of a VSV-quarantined premises (for example a 10 mile circle), call our office at 303-869-9130. One of our staff can map the location of your client and the location of the nearest quarantine so you can ensure they meet the destination state requirements.
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