VSV outbreak continues affecting state of Kansas including a majority of the KVOE listening area Featured

VSV outbreak continues affecting state of Kansas including a majority of the KVOE listening area KDA Courtesy Image

Reports of positive cases continue to be reported from all areas of Kansas as the Vesicular Stomatitis outbreak continues. 

The outbreak, that began back in June in southwest Kansas, has now made its way into 24 Kansas counties, including Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood and Morris. According to the Kansas Department of Agriculture website, Lyon County has one confirmed and one pending case with two premises in quarantine, Coffey County has two pending cases with two premises under quarantine and one released.

Greenwood County has one pending case with one quarantine and five premises released while Morris County has one pending case with one quarantine and one release. At this time Chase County is reporting no confirmed or pending cases with one  recently released from quarantine.

VSV is a viral disease that primarily affects horses but has also been found in other livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas and alpacas. Symptoms include lesions on the muzzle, lips, ears, coronary bands or ventral abdomen. Infected animals can also have fevers and other blister-like lesions on the mouth, dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, ears and hooves. The virus is transmitted from biting insects such as black flies, sand flies and midges according to KDA.

It can take five to seven days for the virus to subside, however, it can take an additional week for the affected animal to fully recover.

For more information, call the Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health at 785-564-6601 or go online to www.agriculture.ks.gov/VSV.

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