The first cases of vesicular stomatitis virus that impacted Missouri are now subsiding. However, the state is now tied with Kansas for most active confirmed and suspected cases. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service indicates that as of Thursday, 21 locations are under quarantine in six counties, including the first two cases in Ozark County and one case in Saint Clair County. A cattle farm in Cedar County and equine premises in McDonald County were also confirmed in the past week. Meanwhile, 16 locations in three counties were released from quarantine. 32 premises remain quarantined across eastern Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas.

Vesicular stomatitis causes blister-like lesions to appear in and around the mouth, nose, and coronary band. Crusting scabs can also appear on a horse’s muzzle, lips and ears. Excessive salivation, fever, and a reluctance to eat are also symptoms. Anyone suspecting VSV in their populations should separate affected animals and call their veterinarian.