Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)

June 23, 2009

A horse in De Baca County, New Mexico has been confirmed as positive for the New Jersey strain of Vesicular Stomatitis. The premises has been under quarantine since June 18, 2009. The nation's first case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) for 2009 was detected in a horse in Starr County, Texas on June 12.  VS is a sporadically occurring virus that is endemic to the U.S.  Signs of the disease include blisters, lesions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzles, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock, which include horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, deer and some other species of animals.


South Carolina Import Restrictions for VS (R27-1013E)

Wild and domesticated hoofed animals, including but not limited to bovine, equine, porcine, ovine, caprine and cervidae, are prohibited entry into South Carolina if they have been exposed to Vesicular Stomatitis within thirty (30) days immediately preceding their entry into South Carolina, or if they originated from an area within ten (10) miles of a premise where VS has been diagnosed in the thirty (30) days immediately preceding entry into South Carolina. All animals described above which originate in a state or area in which VS has been diagnosed must have the following statement written by the accredited veterinarian issuing the CVI:

“All animals identified on the certificate have been examined and found to be free of VS. During the past thirty (30) days, these animals have not been exposed to VS nor located within ten (10) miles of an area where VS has been diagnosed.”


USDA APHIS website on VS