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Vesicular stomatitis in 38 Colorado counties, one bovine case

Christian Fernsby |
Vesicular Stomatitis virus (VSV) has been confirmed in some Colorado counties.

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Those are Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Conejos, Delta, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, San Miguel, Summit, Teller, and Weld.

A new bovine case, the fourth in Colorado this year, has been confirmed in Garfield County on a cow that was moved from summer grazing two weeks ago.

Currently, five quarantines remain in Fremont, Garfield, and Pitkin counties.

Although the majority of quarantines have been released, many horse and livestock movements are still impacted by VSV import requirements in other states.

Many states have very stringent import requirements; for example, animals within 10 miles of a VSV quarantined premises in the previous 30, 60, or 90 days may not enter their state.

Accredited veterinarians must ensure that horses and livestock meet the import requirements of destination states.

Veterinarians can contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at (303) 869-9130 with questions regarding health certificates. ■

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