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Vesicular Stomatitis

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. Humans can also become infected with the disease when handling affected animals, but this is a rare event. Vesicular stomatitis has been conīŦrmed only in the Western Hemisphere. It is known to be an endemic disease in the warmer regions of North, Central, and South America, and outbreaks of the disease in other temperate geographic parts of the hemisphere occur sporadically. The Southwestern and Western United States have experienced a number of vesicular stomatitis outbreaks, the most recent and largest VS outbreak occurred in 2015. Outbreaks usually occur during the warmer months, often along waterways. The time from exposure to the onset of clinical signs is 2-8 days. VS is a state reportable disease.

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Affected counties include: Dawes (1), Garden (1), Lincoln (1), Morrill (3) and Scotts Bluff (20). As of Nov. 14, 2019, no counties are under quarantine and all cases are resolved.


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Radio Reports
  Vesicular Stomatitis with State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes
To air: August 12, 2019 to August 18, 2019 (TRT: 4:21)

Nebraska has a confirmed case of Vesicular Stomatitis in a horse in Lincoln County. State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes joins us on this week's NDA Update to tell us more about the virus.

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