Vesicular stomatitis, a contagious virus that afflicts livestock and wildlife, has now been confirmed in animals in these Colorado counties: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit and Weld.
“We are seeing increasing numbers in new counties across the state,” said Colorado state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr. “It is important to remain diligent in checking horses and livestock for VSV lesions and contacting your veterinarian if symptoms are found.”
Reporting all vesicular stomatitis cases is important for the epidemiology and management of this outbreak. Cases must be reported to the State Veterinarian’s Office at (303) 869-9130, regardless if the owner and veterinarian decide to have livestock tested or choose to manage as positive premises based on the presence of typical clinical signs without testing.
The only cases that may be managed as suspect positive are equine cases located in counties that have confirmed cases.