Vesicular Stomatitis Update
Roehr: “Visicular Stomatitis is not very contagious from horse to horse or directly from cattle. So it doesn’t spread arisol. It does’t spread very often through indirect contact. Flies and gnats are the main means of spread. So fly control for the rest of summer is very important. So manure management, adult fly sprays, and then just managing flies in the facilities where they are at is really important. One of the things of the report last year revealed was livestock out in pasture — almost 60 percent of the cases were in those cattle and horses. So that seems to be a significant risk factor.”
Livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other visceral disease should immediately contact their local veterinarian.
To monitor any new cases you can go to colorado.gov/aganimals