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First Case of Vesicular Stomatitis Confirmed in Oklahoma

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has confirmed the first case of vesicular stomatitis in Washington County, Oklahoma. This places restrictions on horses and livestock moving from Oklahoma to some other states and countries.

Veterinarians will need to see your horses and livestock within a few days of traveling to make sure there are no lesions present. If you plan to move animals, call the state of destination to find out the specific requirements regarding vesicular stomatitis.

“Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable, contagious disease affecting horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or swine,” said Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, continuing education director and beef cattle extension specialist at Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “If you suspect vesicular stomatitis, call your veterinarian immediately.”

For more information on vesicular stomatitis, visit US Department of Ag: Vesicular Stomatitis.

CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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