Horse Virus Spreads Through Central Texas

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http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/horse-virus-spreads-through-central-texas-causing-quarantines-19656.shtmltext size Horse Virus Spreads Through Central Texas Causing Quarantines Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 05:52 PM CDT A painful horse virus is spreading through Central Texas causing quarantines and canceling shows. Today, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is confirming at least eight new cases in Bastrop and Travis County. Beverly Manroe is training riders in North Austin for the next horse show, but she's worried a highly-contagious virus could infect her plans. "If a facility is quarantined, that say might've brought ten horses to my show, that's a significant economic hit," said Manroe. Since May 28, the TAHC has quarantined at least 21 locations in eight Texas counties because of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). "Did not really think it was that big of a deal until everyone started talking," said horse trainer, Si Jarboe. Manroe says it kept two horses from competing in her show at the Travis County Expo Center last week. "Because we're not familiar with the disease, people get a little hysterical," said Manroe. VS is a virus that can cause lesions and sloughing of the skin from the hooves to the muzzle affecting the mouth and tongue. "It transmits so easily," said Jarboe. "The flies are what I understand are the transmitter." "It's bad." Rusty Edwards who owns a ranch near Bastrop says he's not taking any chances. "We have 45 head here and I'm responsible for every horse on this place," said Edwards. "I don't want any of them sick, so we shut the place down." After talking to his veterinarian, he canceled his playday series for Saturday, June 26. It's a financial loss for his business. "Yea. It hurts. Sure," said Edwards. He's not the only one disappointed. "I was planning on taking three horses and hopefully kickin some butt and it's not going to happen now," said Jarboe. Riders whose horses are quarantined will have to wait at least 21 days to move their animals. Manroe just hopes the TAHC doesn't issue any more orders before her circuit next month. "Almost every year there's a case in West Texas or one in New Mexico, but we've never had it in Central Texas that I can remember," said Manroe. VS is not considered deadly, but can cause complications in older horses. It can also livestock including miles, cattle, bison, sheep, goats and pigs. While rare, humans can also contract the virus. For more information, visit the TAHC's website. By Deeda PaytonRead More at: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/horse-virus-spreads-through-central-texas-causing-quarantines-19656.shtml
text size Horse Virus Spreads Through Central Texas Causing Quarantines Updated: Monday, July 28 2014, 05:52 PM CDT A painful horse virus is spreading through Central Texas causing quarantines and canceling shows. Today, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is confirming at least eight new cases in Bastrop and Travis County. Beverly Manroe is training riders in North Austin for the next horse show, but she's worried a highly-contagious virus could infect her plans. "If a facility is quarantined, that say might've brought ten horses to my show, that's a significant economic hit," said Manroe. Since May 28, the TAHC has quarantined at least 21 locations in eight Texas counties because of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). "Did not really think it was that big of a deal until everyone started talking," said horse trainer, Si Jarboe. Manroe says it kept two horses from competing in her show at the Travis County Expo Center last week. "Because we're not familiar with the disease, people get a little hysterical," said Manroe. VS is a virus that can cause lesions and sloughing of the skin from the hooves to the muzzle affecting the mouth and tongue. "It transmits so easily," said Jarboe. "The flies are what I understand are the transmitter." "It's bad." Rusty Edwards who owns a ranch near Bastrop says he's not taking any chances. "We have 45 head here and I'm responsible for every horse on this place," said Edwards. "I don't want any of them sick, so we shut the place down." After talking to his veterinarian, he canceled his playday series for Saturday, June 26. It's a financial loss for his business. "Yea. It hurts. Sure," said Edwards. He's not the only one disappointed. "I was planning on taking three horses and hopefully kickin some butt and it's not going to happen now," said Jarboe. Riders whose horses are quarantined will have to wait at least 21 days to move their animals. Manroe just hopes the TAHC doesn't issue any more orders before her circuit next month. "Almost every year there's a case in West Texas or one in New Mexico, but we've never had it in Central Texas that I can remember," said Manroe. VS is not considered deadly, but can cause complications in older horses. It can also livestock including miles, cattle, bison, sheep, goats and pigs. While rare, humans can also contract the virus. For more information, visit the TAHC's website. By Deeda PaytonRead More at: http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/horse-virus-spreads-through-central-texas-causing-quarantines-19656.shtml