Viral horse disease spreads to Mesa County

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A viral horse disease that spread to Colorado in mid-July is now in Mesa County.

It's called Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, or VSV, and it causes blisters and sores on the mouth, tongue, ears and above the hooves of horses.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture says there have been five reported cases in Mesa County, and one in Delta County.

Vets say once a horse has the disease, treatment options are limited.

"Sometimes we need to use anti-inflammatory, sometimes antibiotics if there is a secondary infection, but generally it's viral and it just has to run its course," says Veterinarian at Amigo Animal Clinic, Dominic Carrica.

The disease can be spread by insects or horse to horse.

If you think your horse has VSV, make sure you separate it from other horses and decontaminate any tac or gear that you use.

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