VSV Update – Maricopa County

A horse in the west valley which had been the focus of a VSV investigation was released yesterday after results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA confirmed the horse was negative for VSV.

Currently the outbreak is still confined to areas generally along the Verde River.

HPAI Update – Poultry Shows

Folks, this is a quick update courtesy of Dr. Sue Gale. In case you are an avid poultry fancier, please be aware that several states have implemented bans of varying degrees on poultry shows.

MN, IA, ND, SD, NY, WV, PA and IN have banned all poultry from all state and county fairs through 2015.  Many have also banned poultry from swap meets, flea markets and sales barns.

Also please note the following:

  • OH: has declared that poultry from states affected with HPAI are excluded from county and state fairs.
  • MD: all poultry must be negative on an AI test within 10 days of entering a fair; all waterfowl are banned from fairs this year.
  • MT: recommends that domestic waterfowl skip the show season this year.

Equine Flu in BLM Burros

Thanks to Dr. Anderson of Kingman for alerting us to this matter. He has definitively diagnosed Equine Influenza A in a group of burros near Oatman, AZ. These burros are part of the BLM herd in the Black Mountains area near Oatman.

Please keep this in mind if you are riding in the area along with discussing the situation with your veterinarian.