New Health Restrictions to Cross the Boarder
The Arizona Department of Agriculture released a press release on May 27 stating that they have confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in horses in Cochise County. The case-positive areas have been quarantined. The disease causes blister like lesions in the mouth, on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves and teats. Animals will generally refuse to eat or drink and may show signs of lameness due to the blisters swelling and breaking, leaving extremely painful raw tissue. The outward signs of the disease are similar to (although less severe than) those of foot-and-mouth disease. The clinical signs are similar to swine vesicular disease. This virus can be highly contagious?. At this time, the virus has affected no horses in the Maryland area.
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