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Livestock disease spreading across Great Plains


Associated Press - October 29, 2019

GOODLAND, Kan. (AP) — A disease that causes blister-like sores on the mouths of horses and other livestock has spread to Kansas, marking the eighth state where it has been detected.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced  in a news release that the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) has been confirmed in horses in Sherman County, along the state's western border with Colorado. The animals have been quarantined.

The virus primarily sickens horses, but can also affect cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas and alpacas. Symptoms include excessive salivation, lesions, lack of appetite and lameness.  VSV can be transmitted by insects (vector), especially sand flies and black flies. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with infected animals and contaminated objects known as fomites. 

Humans can become infected while handling sick animals and develop flu-like symptoms, but that's rare. The virus also has been detected in areas of Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.



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