VS is a viral illness which primarily impacts horses and cattle; however, it can also have an effect on sheep, goats, and swine. The illness is identified by fever and the formation of blister-like lesions within the mouth and on the dental pad, tongue, lips, nostrils, hooves, and teats. When the blisters break, there may usually be salivation and nasal discharge. On account of these painful lesions, contaminated animals might refuse to eat and drink, which might lead to weight loss. There are no USDA-approved vaccines for VS.
NDA has quarantined the livestock on the affected farm. The farm will remain beneath quarantine for at least 14 days after the onset of lesions within the last affected animal on the premises.
“Defending the health and safety of Nebraska’s animals is of the utmost significance within the state,” mentioned State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes. “Sadly, based on VS confirmations in other states and transmission patterns, it was not surprising to see this illness show up in Nebraska.”
“We want horse and cattle owners to be aware and consider taking precautions, significantly with animals which may be commingling with other animals at occasions over the next a number of months especially now that we all know the illness is in Nebraska,” Hughes mentioned.
The VS virus is primarily transmitted by the bites of contaminated insects or midges, so consider therapies to reduce flies and other bugs in quarters where animals are housed. VS additionally can be spread by nose-to-nose contact between animals.