Colorado Department of Agriculture

media release

Colorado Department of Agriculture
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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2014

Contacts:

Veterinarians and Livestock Owners:  State Veterinarian’s Office, (303) 869-9130

Media:  Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Update: 184 Colorado Quarantines

Guidelines for Livestock Shows, Fairs, Exhibitions, and Events

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office currently has 184 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). The quarantines are located in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties; results on additional tests in these and other counties are pending. VS can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.  In Colorado there are 201 horses and 3 cows that tested positive for VS.

“The Colorado Department of Agriculture is not recommending events be cancelled; instead, we are recommending that events and livestock owners take extra caution to control flies,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr.  “Livestock owners should not grow weary in doing well concerning insect control. There is some evidence that fly control practices have been an effective prevention tool in this present VS outbreak.”

County totals are:

Adams County –  9
Boulder County –  60
Broomfield County – 1
Douglas County – 1
El Paso -  1
Jefferson County – 7
Larimer County –  38
Weld County – 67

For a map of Colorado counties with confirmed cases, visit http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_animal_disease_information%2Fsa_equine_health%2Fsa_vesicular_stomatitis%2Fct_vesicular_stomatitis.

Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact State or federal animal health authorities. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are healed and determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS.

While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

Colorado State University – Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (CSU-VDL) has assisted CDA and USDA in responding to the VS outbreak by acting as a sample drop-off site in which practicing veterinarians can drop off samples from possible VS cases. The samples are then packaged and submitted to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa by state or federal personnel. CSU-VDL’s involvement has helped us to be more efficient in our response activities.

CSU Online Presentation

Colorado State University  hosted an interactive online discussion about VS last Thursday. The presentation can be viewed at http://csu-cvmbs.colostate.edu/vth/Pages/vesicular-stomatitis-presentation.aspx and will help all interested horse and livestock owners understand the disease, its transmission, reasons for quarantine, economic concerns during the current outbreak, the fate of horse shows and events, disease treatment and preventative measures.

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission

VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, ears, teats, groin area, and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.

“The State Veterinarian’s Office is not recommending that livestock shows be cancelled.  Instead, it is more important to consider certificates of veterinary inspection prior to or on site observations at entry into events and then insect control measures during before during and after events occur,” said Roehr. “If event organizers have questions, they can contact our office.”

Tips for Event Organizers and Livestock Owners:

Important Points for Veterinarians

  • Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call.
  • Since VS is considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD).
  • When VS is suspected, the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions

For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130 or visit www.colorado.gov/ag/animals.

Volunteers needed for Colorado Horse Park

Dear CCC Members,

The Colorado Horse Park still needs volunteers for this weekend’s, August 22-24, horse trials and championships.  This would be a great opportunity to get your 4 volunteer hours needed for CCC year end awards.  Don’t forget that the hours need to be done at a CCC event or an Area 9 USEA recognized event.  And your friends and family can help you get your hours!

If you are interested, please contact Jill McConaughy at equineappraisal@juno.com or call her 561-676-3927

thank you for your help

CCC

CCC/MSEA – check your horse too!

Dear MSEA/CCC members,

We wanted to remind you to ensure your HORSE is registered with MSEA by checking the list here:  http://www.msea-area9.org/MSEA/HorseRegistry

If you do not see your horse listed, please do register soon.

If you signed YOURSELF up to be a CCC member this year, this qualifies you for CCC year end awards and MSEA rider awards.  If you want to be eligible for MSEA HORSE awards, you must register your HORSE with MSEA separately using this form: http://www.msea-area9.org/uploads/Main/mseahorse13.pdf

As the form says, registration is $15 for one year or $35 for lifetime.  We recommend the lifetime membership, so you don’t have to worry about remembering to renew yearly.

CCC Board

New USEA Policy

FYI – This is new USEA policy for this year for the Beginner Novice Level.
New policies effective December 1, 2013:

USEA requires that all competitors, including foreign competitors, be members of the USEA in order to compete at USEA-recognized competitions at the Novice level and above. In addition, all horses including foreign horses must be registered with the USEA with Full or Limited registration status. There will be no exceptions.

All Beginner Novice riders must have a USEA ID number. ID numbers do not require membership and can be created by going to the USEA home page and clicking on Online Services. Click “New User?” to create profile.

All horses competing at the Beginner Novice level must be registered with at least a Restricted status. There is no cost to register a horse at Restricted status, but the owner or rider must have a USEA ID number to register the horse.

The starter fees for all national and FEI competitions will now be $21.This includes an increase of $1.00 per starter levied on all starters to generate funds for equine research.

Reminders:

All riders, including Life members, must declare their amateur status each year.Amateur status is defined by USEF Rules for Eventing Appendix 3, Section 4.4.Please note: the default is that a rider is not an amateur. Members have seven days from the date of renewal to change their status. Once established, Amateur status remains the same for the rest of the membership year.

As per the Rules (EV106.2), entries are considered complete when all entry and stabling fees have been received.In the case of online entries paid by credit card through Xentry, entries are considered complete upon submission as the USEA guarantees payment to the organizer. Online entries paid by check are not considered “complete” until the check is received.

USEA Policy states: USEA Starter and Drugs & Medications Fees are not subjected to the competition office fee, and shall be returned to any rider within 30 days of the completion of the competition who withdraws prior to the start of the dressage test.

Questions?

The USEA is available on Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM E.T. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact USEA Member Services by phone at (703) 779-0440 (2) or by email at memberservices@useventing.com.

Important Info about MSEA Horse Registry

MSEA Lifetime registered horses who have not competed for 3 years are removed from the MSEA Horse Registry unless we are informed otherwise. The list for those horses that have been taken off  is now posted at http://www.msea-area9.org/. Please contact Leslie Terry at lt2@kellin.net by December 1st if your horse is on the list and you would like your horse left in the Registry for 2013. Here is the link to the horses currently registered with the MSEA: http://www.msea-area9.org/MSEA/HorseRegistry. YOUR HORSE MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE MSEA TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MSEA YEAR END AWARDS! When you are a CCC member, you automatically become a member of the MSEA too.

Mountain States Eventing Association: Central Colorado Chapter