Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in Arkansas:
Updated on 9/11/2020
Changes to this notification are made weekly to reflect any continuing threat from VSV in neighboring states and findings of VSV on Arkansas premises. The Livestock and Poultry Division is monitoring all potentially affected species through the efforts of Livestock Inspectors stationed and present at all livestock auction barns selling cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. Livestock Inspectors are also present for observation and documentation checks at horse auctions and equine events within Arkansas.
Since this current VSV outbreak was detected on April 13, 2020, VSV has been identified on 323 premises in eight states. Equine was the only species affected on 310 of the premises noted (Cattle only were affected on twelve premises and a single location involved equine and cattle). To this date, Arkansas premises that were confirmed with VSV have only involved horses and donkeys.
ADDED VSV Movement Control efforts in Arkansas apply only to Equine (horses, mules, donkeys, miniatures, etc.) traveling within the state of Arkansas from ANY ADJACENT COUNTY IN ARKANSAS, ANY AFFECTED COUNTIES/ ADJACENT COUNTIES in Missouri.
There are currently NO Arkansas quarantined premises for this ongoing VSV outbreak. VSV quarantined premises are still identified in Missouri counties adjoining the Arkansas border.
ADJACENT COUNTIES in Arkansas include Benton and Baxter/Fulton/Marion counties. 
VSV RESTRICTIONS APPLY ONLY TO EQUINE species from any AFFECTED COUNTY (Quarantined Premises) or ADJACENT COUNTY in Arkansas or any Affected State. Hoofstock other than horses, mules, donkeys, and miniature horses, etc. are not currently subject to the Arkansas VSV restrictions but are required to observe our standard Entry Requirements for that classification of livestock/species. Animals entering Arkansas to sell at any livestock market will be monitored for signs of VSV by Livestock Inspectors and suspect animals will be subject to quarantine. For the USDA-APHIS listing of VSV QUARANTINED Counties in Affected States:
ADJACENT COUNTY is any county bordering (touching) a Quarantined County listed on the website.
 **Horses, mules, donkeys, miniatures, etc. = ANY EQUINE MOVED FROM A VSV AFFECTED COUNTY (QUARANTINED PREMISES) or ADJACENT COUNTY in ARKANSAS or ANY AFFECTED STATE to travel within the borders of Arkansas, attend an event or be relocated within Arkansas must be accompanied:
  1. by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dated within 5 days of movement from origin premises and issued by
  2. a state licensed and Category 2 - USDA Accredited veterinarian from the state of origin with
  3. the animal’s rectal temperature noted on the CVI and
  4. the EIA/”Coggins” test results noted with laboratory document verification numbers and
  5. An Arkansas Entry Permit Number recorded on the CVI and the added
  6. VSV STATEMENT: “All animals individually identified and noted on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have been examined by me and found to be free from signs or lesions of vesicular stomatitis virus infection. The owner of the animals listed has attested to me that these animals have not had direct contact or indirect exposure to any premise quarantined or suspect for presence of vesicular stomatitis within the past 30 days.”
Other information about VSV movement restrictions and other information sources can be found:
A link to the ON-LINE - 24 hour/7 days a week - automated Arkansas Entry Permit Number assignment is in the middle of the above webpage and here:

If you have questions, contact the Arkansas State Veterinarian.
(501) 823-1733
Arkansas Department of Agriculture |