BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota and South Dakota have joined
the states placing restrictions on livestock imports from Texas.
A case of vesicular stomatitis was confirmed in a horse in west
Texas last week. State animal boards in the Dakotas want to stop
the viral disease from spreading into their states.
In both states, livestock imports from Texas must have a health
certificate saying the animal did not come from an area with VS.
Kentucky and Louisiana have similar restrictions.
The viral disease causes blister-like lesions in horses, cattle,
sheep, goats, swine, deer and elk. Infected animals usually don't
die, but they generally refuse to eat or drink and show signs of
lameness, resulting in severe weight loss.