Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Events And The Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak

Per recommendations stated on the New Mexico Livestock Board’s website (https://www.nmlbonline.com/news): ALL participants bringing horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables are required to stop at the Veterinarian Inspection Station. Inspections are being provided by a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian, and any animals suspected of having VS will be sent home before entering into the Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Parade. Contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at 505.662.8170 or lacrec@lacnm.us with any questions. Courtesy photo
 
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COUNTY News:
 
The New Mexico Livestock Board (NMLB) is reporting that New Mexico is experiencing a significant outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS). VS is classified as a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD), and, as such, cases are required to be reported.
 
To minimize the spread of the disease the NMLB has posted a list of recommendations on their website for fair organizers, rodeo organizers and for individuals bringing animals to events.
 
The County is enacting the following NMLP recommendations for Fair & Rodeo Events: Either an Extension agent, local veterinarian or a knowledgeable livestock person should be present at entry gates to check animals’ mouths for lesions (using fresh gloves for each animal); questionable animals should be sent home before they enter the grounds; if an animal breaks with Vesicular Stomatitis on the grounds, send them home immediately. The direct link to the NMLB VS information is https://www.nmlbonline.com/news.
 
The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is working with a knowledgeable and certified veterinarian to set up a screening station on North Mesa for the Horse Show Aug. 3 and the Rodeo Aug. 10 and 11. For the Fair & Rodeo parade on August 10, a screening station will be in the old Smith’s parking lot.
 
Screenings are for all horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, and goats coming from outside the North Mesa Stables. Screened and approved animals will receive a document that must be displayed or access, to the Municipal Building Parking lot for the parade or Brewer Arena at North Mesa Stables, will not be allowed.
 
A direct link to the NMLB website concerning VS and maps notating the screening stations can be accessed on the Los Alamos Count Recreation Division’s website at www.losalamosnm.us click on “Recreation.” Please contact the Los Alamos County Recreation Division at (505).662.8170 or send email to lacrec@lacnm.us with any questions or concerns.
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