1/29/2015 Final Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Colorado

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2015
Contacts:   
Veterinarians and Livestock Owners:  State Veterinarian’s Office, (303) 869-9130
Media:  Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us 
 
Final Vesicular Stomatitis Quarantines Released in Colorado
 
BROOMFIELD, Colo. –As of 1/28/2015, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office has released all quarantines related to the 2014 Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) outbreak in Colorado. In all, there were 556 livestock investigations in the state resulting in 370 quarantines.
 
“The last confirmed case was discovered in mid-November; quarantines are lifted once the affected animals are completely healed and no longer infectious,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “State and federal officials will review the outbreak and the investigative process to assess any necessary changes for future outbreaks. We’ll continue to evaluate future disease control options based on science, disease transmission and risk, and economic impacts to the livestock community.”
 
The Department of Agriculture is appreciative of Colorado’s livestock owners, the US Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services and Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health,  and CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, private-practice veterinarians, and many others that provided vital time and services during this disease response.
 
Colorado County
Total Quarantines During Outbreak
Adams
17
Arapahoe
3
Boulder
76
Broomfield
3
Douglas
2
Elbert
1
El Paso
6
Fremont
6
Huerfano
1
Jefferson
24
Larimer
87
Logan
5
Morgan
6
Otero
7
Pueblo
28
Sedgwick
1
Weld
97
 
 
 
For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130 or visitwww.colorado.gov/ag/animals.