Import Restrictions related to Vesicular Stomatitis for Horses Entering Canada from the State of Colorado have been Lifted

OTTAWA, November 16, 2012: Effective immediately, import restrictions related to vesicular stomatitis for horses entering Canada from Colorado, United States (US) have been lifted.

The import restrictions that were put in place in May 2012 as a result the outbreak in New Mexico remain in place.

Horses originating from the state of New Mexico are still not permitted to enter Canada; however, Canadian horses can return from New Mexico as long as additional import requirements are met. US origin horses entering Canada from other states must be accompanied by official documents certifying that they have not been in New Mexico within the previous 21 days.

Details on these import measures can be found in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS). Vesicular stomatitis is a viral disease that can affect horses, ruminants (such as cattle, sheep and members of the deer and llama families) and swine.

It can also cause influenza-like symptoms in people who come into contact with infected animals. Protective clothing should be worn when handling suspect animals to help prevent exposure to the virus.

Canada is currently free of vesicular stomatitis. It was last diagnosed in Canada in 1949. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis in Canada could result in a loss of markets for live animals, meat and animal genetics.

For more information on vesicular stomatitis, visit the CFIA website.

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