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:

  1. REPORT

VSV is a reportable disease, please call our office at (303)869-9130 as soon as possible to report suspicion of disease.

 

  1. QUARANTINE

Place a hold order on the premises as soon as VS is suspected, in order to restrict the movement of affected and exposed animals.

 

  1. 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.

 

Click here for detailed VS Response Protocol for Veterinarians

Resources

Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH): VSV Fast Facts

Center for Food Security & Public Health (CFSPH): VS Technical Fact Sheet

VSV: Symptoms & Prevention Dairy Cattle Flyer

University of Nebraska: Horse Insect Control Guide

Oklahoma State University: Fly Control for Small Acreage Horse Owners

VSV Clinical Signs in Horses - photos

2015 Vesicular Stomatitis Guidelines for Show and Fairs

Confidentiality of Livestock Location Information

Press Releases

From the USDA:

USDA Equine Health: Vesicular Stomatitis

From the Colorado Department of Agriculture:

What’s New: Main Page

Mar 7, 2016: All VS Quarantines Released in Colorado

Dec 30, 2015: VS Update - Positive Diagnosis in Four CO Counties

Dec 8, 2015: VS Update - Positive Diagnosis in Ten CO Counties

Oct 22, 2015: VS Update - Positive Diagnosis in Fifteen CO Counties

Oct 8, 2015: VS Update - Positive Diagnosis in Fourteen CO Counties

July 15, 2015: VS Update - Positive Diagnosis in Four CO Counties

June 30, 2015: VS Update - VS Cases Close in on Colorado

Jan 29, 2015: Final VS Quarantines Released in Colorado

Dec 18, 2014: VS Update - 370 Colorado Quarantines Since Beginning of Outbreak