The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the first 2019 cases of vesicular stomatitis on three premises in Texas and New Mexico.
As the summer heats up and insect disease vectors multiply, the USDA has begun issuing its weekly reports on cases of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) in livestock.
Spores of the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, which cause anthrax when consumed, can survive in the soil for years.
Veterinarians and producers in western states should be on the lookout for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VS), which in recent years has been reported in states across the western United States.
Cases of anthrax continue to appear in Texas livestock, but so far, the outbreak this summer has mostly remained confined to an area with a history of anthrax.
So far this summer, the USDA has confirmed vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) on premises in six states.
Knowing whether a death on pasture has been caused by anthrax is important for several reasons.
Colorado, New Mexico and Texas reported new premises infected with vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) over the past week.