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Aug. 13 Texas VS Update

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of 12 new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in Central Texas, one in cattle and the remainder in horses. Ten new premises are located in Bastrop County. Two new premises are in Williamson County, the first case reported in this county.

  • One premises is located 1.8 miles north of Liberty Hill in Williamson County
  • One premises is located 4.5 miles east of Coupland in Williamson County
  • One premises is located 5.4 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County (3 head of cattle)
  • One premises is located 6.2 miles southwest of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 5 miles south of Elgin in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4.5 miles northeast of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 5.6 miles east of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 4.5 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 13 miles southeast of Bastrop in Bastrop County
  • Two premises are located 3 miles northeast of Cedar Creek in Bastrop County
  • One premises is located 8 miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County

*Case= A premises; a location*

To date, 54 premises in 11 Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Currently affected counties include: Bastrop, Falls, Guadalupe, Travis, Val Verde and Williamson Counties. Eight premises in five counties have been released from quarantine: Jim Wells, Kinney, Nueces, San Patricio and Hidalgo Counties.

The newly identified infected premises are currently under quarantine by the TAHC. Affected horses and cattle will be monitored by regulatory veterinarians while under quarantine. Premises are eligible for quarantine release 21 days after all lesions have healed.

For VS history and past updates visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/animal_health/equine/equine.html.

Several states are imposing enhanced entry requirements on Texas livestock due to VS cases. For information, contact the state or country of destination and/or visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/news/2014StateRestrictionsOnTX_VS.pdf.

For more information about VS, visit the TAHC's brochure at http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/brochures/TAHCBrochure_VS.pdf.

A USDA-APHIS VS fact sheet is available online.

For current USDA-APHIS VS situation reports visit this website.

For additional information contact your local TAHC region office http://www.tahc.texas.gov/agency/TAHC_RegionalOfficeMap_2013.pdf.