Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV)
Vesicular Stomatitis (VSV) is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine and occasionally sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. Humans are rarely infected with handling infected animals.
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.
From the USDA:
From the Colorado Department of Agriculture: