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Vesicular stomatitis in CO, NM, TX

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  • Vesicular stomatitis in CO, NM, TX

    Just posting here in case there are folks in the regions of CO, NM, and TX where the recent vesicular stomatitis outbreak has spread.

    For those in affected areas, stay safe, especially if you have any outings planned.

    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_he...ep-7-08-19.pdf

    https://thehorse.com/176049/vesicula...rado-counties/

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    I read on FB that it is the Indiana strain, which has less severe symptoms. It has not made an appearance since 1998. Hopefully it will pack up and eff off quickly, lots of misunderstandings and overreacting about it at my barn (NM).

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      Originally posted by magienoire View Post
      I read on FB that it is the Indiana strain, which has less severe symptoms. It has not made an appearance since 1998. Hopefully it will pack up and eff off quickly, lots of misunderstandings and overreacting about it at my barn (NM).
      That's good news if true. I'm in CO and there are a growing number of cases, including at a barn very close to mine. The bugs are just AWFUL right now. Black flies, giant horse flies, deer flies, mosquitos, gnats. Ugh!

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        #4
        Originally posted by magienoire View Post
        I read on FB that it is the Indiana strain, which has less severe symptoms. It has not made an appearance since 1998. Hopefully it will pack up and eff off quickly, lots of misunderstandings and overreacting about it at my barn (NM).
        I'd always rather my barnmates overreact and behave conservatively w.r.t. biosecurity during outbreaks of highly infectious diseases in my region than underestimate risks and create conditions for disease spread. I really don't want my horse to have to deal with even 'less severe' VSV symptoms, but since I can't find any reliable sources that describe the clinical differences between VSV-I and VSV-NJ in horses I'm also not willing to count on this being a less severe subtype anyway.

        We'll see what this week's APHIS report says. There haven't been many show cancellations yet around me, but word is going around about growing numbers of cases. The weather has certainly been perfect for insect-borne infection -- worst year for bugs I've experienced since I came home from the east coast.

        IPEsq, hoping your barn goes without incident in spite of the proximity of the virus to you!

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          One of our vets has recommended we keep fly masks on 24/7 because he thinks that through eye contact is one way the bugs spread it. I am stocking up on fly masks because the horses all now have fly mask chew toys to amuse their neighbors with at night

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            Originally posted by IPEsq View Post
            One of our vets has recommended we keep fly masks on 24/7 because he thinks that through eye contact is one way the bugs spread it. I am stocking up on fly masks because the horses all now have fly mask chew toys to amuse their neighbors with at night
            Interesting. Mine is in a fly mask 24/7 right now because the evening insect situation has been so awful. Glad it might offer some VSV protection as well!

            Hope the horsies behave themselves during the fly mask slumber parties and let your guy keep his on!

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              Originally posted by x-halt-salute View Post

              I'd always rather my barnmates overreact and behave conservatively w.r.t. biosecurity during outbreaks of highly infectious diseases in my region than underestimate risks and create conditions for disease spread. I really don't want my horse to have to deal with even 'less severe' VSV symptoms, but since I can't find any reliable sources that describe the clinical differences between VSV-I and VSV-NJ in horses I'm also not willing to count on this being a less severe subtype anyway.

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              The problem is that the over-reactors are running around telling everyone that it is “no horses in, no horses out” while the BO is stabling strange horses overnight and another boarder is loading/unloading before 7AM thinking no one will see her. So while the rest of us might want to go to a show or an event which would be veterinarian-monitored, we are getting told our activities are dangerous when there are huge biohazards going on simultaneously. And don’t get me started on insect control!

              NM state vet has issued guidelines on equine movement and events. If our crazy barn followed them, that would be a big improvement over the current policy.

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                Originally posted by magienoire View Post

                The problem is that the over-reactors are running around telling everyone that it is “no horses in, no horses out” while the BO is stabling strange horses overnight and another boarder is loading/unloading before 7AM thinking no one will see her. So while the rest of us might want to go to a show or an event which would be veterinarian-monitored, we are getting told our activities are dangerous when there are huge biohazards going on simultaneously. And don’t get me started on insect control!
                That sounds like utter chaos! I don't think I would be able to cope, in your shoes. Fingers crossed that barn management steps up and gets some reasonable policies in place, and that you ride out the outbreak without it touching anyone at your barn!

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                  I live in the county most affected in CO (Weld). My 2 retirees at home are in a closed herd and there's nothing I can do other than regular fly prevention. My mare is at my trainer's and it's still business as usual there as far as summer shows. Everyone on our show circuit is required to have a health cert current within 7 days. I'm not too worried about her because she's young(er) and healthy.
                  Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                  My equine soulmate
                  Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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