Cases of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus continue to impact horses in western Missouri, with two more counties having confirmed cases and another two counties reporting suspected cases. While nearly all VSV infections result in recovery, Moberly veterinarian Cliff Miller notes that taking the virus lightly would be dangerous, as its symptoms are similar to that of a far more serious disease.

Miller adds that an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease would cause significant damage.

An updated map posted Tuesday to the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website showed confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis in Ozark and Saint Clair counties, along with pending cases in Camden and Jackson counties. As of last Thursday, USDA indicated that 32 premises in five Missouri counties were under quarantine with either confirmed or suspected infections.