More news this week confirms the summer of 2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for Texas animal health officials as the state and nation's first cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in cattle have been confirmed in South Texas.

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed two head of cattle in Jim Wells County near Mathis are infected with VS, and the premises where the two reside has been placed under immediate quarantine.

Testing at the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Plum Island, New York, confirmed the virus as the New Jersey serotype, which is the same serotype found in nine previously reported cases in Texas horses. The latest news raises the total number of Texas animals infected with VS this year to 13.

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According to the latest (July 8, 2014) United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Weekly VS Situation Report, a total of 11 horses and two head of cattle have been confirmed with VS so far this year, with a total of 184 susceptible animals reported this year including 90 horses, 81 head of cattle and 13 goats. Susceptible animals may be located on the same premises as confirmed VS animal cases or may have come in contact with VS infected animals.