The State Veterinarian of New Mexico has been notified by USDA Veterinary Services that a case of Equine Vesicular Stomatitis has been confirmed at the National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The infection is in an equine residing in Otero County outside the town of Tularosa. Two horses in a herd of five have been found to have lesions caused by Vesicular Stomatitis Virus.
The animals in question are under quarantine by order of the New Mexico State Veterinarian. None of the five horses in the herd has been off the premises during the last 12 months.Vesicular Stomatitis is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease. Link to the USDA information sheet for Vesicular Stomatitis
In co-operation with USDA-Veterinary Services, the New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is conducting surveillance examinations of all livestock in the immediate area. At this time no further cases have been identified.
The confirmation of this case is the first to be reported in the U.S. this year. As a Foreign Animal Disease this case will be reported internationally to the OIE (the world Organization for Animal Health), as well as nationally to all states. Livestock producers in New Mexico may have some restrictions applied to animals moving into other states or internationally. Any movement restrictions will be forwarded to New Mexico veterinarians and posted on the NMLB website. Contact USDA-VS, Albuquerque for information on international shipment at (505) 761-3160.
Managers and producers of major equine shows and events are encouraged to call the office of the New Mexico State Veterinarian for guidance on how to minimize disruption of shows and events.