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Oklahoma Issues New Livestock Entry Requirements

04 F250 horse trailerCheck restrictions before traveling to upcoming Oklahoma horse shows.As of May 13, Oklahoma issued emergency import requirements for livestock (equine, bovine, porcine, caprine, ovine or cervidae) entering the state from a county where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed within the last 30 days, or a county that contains a premise quarantined for vesicular stomatitis.

These animals shall be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated within five days of entry containing the following statement:

“All animals identified on this certificate have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis.”

The CVI shall be completed by an accredited veterinarian from the state where vesicular stomatitis has been diagnosed and shall be obtained prior to each entry into Oklahoma. This includes re-entry of Oklahoma-origin animals that have traveled to a state with vesicular stomatitis.

Counties in states with vesicular stomatitis and their effective date:

Maricopa, Arizona – May 1

Kane, Utah – May 1

Yavapai, Arizona – May 13

Grant, New Mexico – May 15

Pecos, Texas – May 18

“We currently do not have any movement restrictions or testing requirements regarding Equine Herpes Virus (EHV),” said Michael Herrin, DVM, assistant state veterinarian, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. “I share your concern given the recent news of two EHV positive horses at a reining competition in Illinois. We rely on the state officials in Illinois to investigate the situation and institute movement restrictions on exposed horses.

“Show management for upcoming events should remind participants to be ‘disease aware’ by practicing good biosecurity, maintaining daily health and temperature evaluations on their horses, ensuring vaccinations are current and getting prompt veterinary care for sick horses. The situation with vesicular stomatitis or EHV can change quickly. Please check back or review http://ag.ok.gov as your event approaches for up-to-date information.”