Virus reported in horses in Grant, Otero counties

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – Animal health officials say there are two confirmed cases of an infectious viral disease that afflicts livestock.

The New Mexico Livestock Board said the cases involve horses in Grant and Otero counties that have vesicular stomatitis.

The disease typically causes painful blister-like lesions on the lips, nostrils, tongue, coronary bands and teats. Humans can become infected when handling animals, contaminated materials, tissues, blood or viral cultures.

The affected Grant County horse is in a herd of four horses, and 12 cows also are housed at the same location. Those animals are under quarantine by order of the State Veterinarian.

The Otero County horse, an unaffected horse and nine cows are under quarantine at that location.

The Livestock Board says there’s no history of livestock movement from either location.

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