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Requirements for importation of animals from states with VS - August 10, 2012

Due to recent cases of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection of horses in New Mexico and Colorado, Oregon Department of AgricultureAnimal Health is issuing this reminder about importation requirements for animals coming into Oregon (or animals returning to Oregon) from states where vesicular stomatitis has occurred within the past 30 days. 
Oregon requires the following:
No livestock (equidae, cattle, sheep, goats, bison, or swine) originating from premises under quarantine, or under investigation for VSV, nor where VSV infected animals have been found within the past 30 days may be imported into Oregon.

In addition to the requirements of OAR 603-011-0255 and all other import requirements for equidae, cattle, sheep, goats, bison or swine that are shipped from any state or area with confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis shall not be imported into Oregon unless:

  1. An Oregon Permit for import is obtained from the Department prior to movement, including animals moving to an approved livestock market in Oregon; and 
  2. The animals showed no clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis on the day of shipment; and 
  3. An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 24 hours of movement must accompany animals; and 
  4. The following statement is included by the accredited veterinarian on the official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: 
    ​​​"I have examined the animals represented on this certificate and have found no clinical signs of vesicular stomatitis.  To the best of my knowledge, these animals have not been exposed to vesicular stomatitis within the previous 30 days, nor have they been vaccinated with a vesicular stomatitis vaccine." 

Current information regarding the disease status in the United States for 2012 can be found at:  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/vsv/
Brad R. LeaMaster
State Veterinarian