Livestock Board Wants To Prevent Virus At State Fair

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AP 8-4,2015

The Wyoming Livestock Board is requiring a certificate of veterinary inspection for livestock at the state fair in an effort to prevent the spread of a virus that can cause painful sores in infected animals.

After vesicular stomatitis was diagnosed in livestock in Goshen County, board members decided to require the inspection within 14 days before the fair for all livestock originating from any county in Wyoming or other states where the virus has been found. Livestock from counties where the virus hasn’t been found are required to have a certificate within 30 days before coming to the fair.

The disease, which is thought to be spread by insects that migrate along river valleys, can cause blisters, sores, sloughing of skin and lameness.

The Wyoming State Fair begins Aug. 8.

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