USDA: No New Cases Of Livestock Virus In New Mexico

Dec 28, 2012

Federal agriculture officials have lifted the last quarantine in New Mexico related to an outbreak of a debilitating livestock virus.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a report this week. It says no new infections have been identified and the last place in New Mexico to be quarantined was declared clear on Monday.

In all, 34 locations in New Mexico and two in Colorado have been released from quarantine since the start of the vesicular stomatitis outbreak.

The virus is spread by insects and from animal-to-animal through open sores and saliva.

It causes painful, blister-like lesions on horses, cattle and pigs and can affect sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. It's rarely fatal but can become so painful that an animal's ability to eat and move can be limited.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.