Division of Animal Industry
Room 329, Mayo Building
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida  32399-0800
(850) 410-0901; fax (850) 410-0919


August 18, 2006

Dear Practitioner,

A horse in Wyoming has recently been confirmed with Vesicular Stomatitis (VS).  The horse was exhibiting clinical signs and VS was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. This is the first case of VS in the Country this year.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, has placed increased import restrictions for any livestock imported into Florida that has been in an active VS state in the past 30 days.  The requirements are stated in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Rule 5C-3 and reads as follows:

(5) Vesicular Stomatitis-Affected States:

(a) Certification for Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). 

All hoofed animals, including horses, ruminants, swine, exotic and wild hoofed animals originating from a VS-affected state must be accompanied by an Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (OCVI) which includes the following statement:  “All animals susceptible to Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) identified and included in this OCVI for shipment have been examined and found to be free from clinical signs and vectors of VS and have not been exposed to the VS virus and have not been within 10 miles of a VS-infected premises within the last 30 days.”  Documentation must also accompany the animals to show that the animals have been tested and found negative by an approved test for VS within the previous 10 days.

(b) Prior Permission.  Animals originating from a VS-affected state, entering Florida, will require prior permission.

 If you have any questions concerning these requirements, please feel free to contact this office at 850-410-0900.


Michael A. Short, D.V.M.
Equine Programs Manager
Division of Animal Industry

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