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Missouri Reports First Cases of Contagious Horse Virus

(Newton County) Two horses in Southwest Missouri are the state’s first recorded cases of a contagious but usually non-fatal virus.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced this week the confirmation of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus or V.S.V. on a farm in Newton County.

All susceptible animals on the premise have been quarantined.

Efforts to trace back the potential source of infection are underway but flies and midges are known to be a vector of the virus.

Primarily affecting horses, V.S.V. can also impact cattle, swine and other hooven animals.

It causes blister-like lesions to appear in and around the mouth, nose and coronary band.

Crusting scabs can also appear on a horse’s muzzle, lips and ears.

Excessive salivation, fever and a reluctance to eat are also symptoms.

For more info on this farm animal virus, call the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health at 573-751-3377.

Missouri is the seventh state to register a case of V.S.V. this year.

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