A West Nile virus positive horse, and do you need an import permit?

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Animal Bytes

September 2021

Cervid program provides updates to legislature

Minnesota State Capitol

The Board of Animal Health participated in a hearing before the Environment and Natural Resources Finance and Policy earlier this month. Board staff presented brief updates on our work in the farmed cervid program, including a broad overview of program activities and the latest updates on the investigation linked to the CWD positive Beltrami County farm. While time did not allow for a more in depth conversation, the Board did prepare a detailed handout outlining actions on the following:

  • Herd and animal totals statewide.
  • Herd cancellations.
  • CWD Authorized Sample Collectors.
  • Investigation update on Beltrami County farm and additional herds.
  • Escapes.
  • Status of rulemaking.

View the full Farmed Cervid Program 2021 update handout online.

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Benton County horse tests positive for West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNv) test results confirmed a 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly in Benton County was positive for the disease. A veterinarian was called to examine the horse on September 3 due to incoordination. The filly also displayed muscle tremors, an elevated temperature, and overreaction to stimulus. In spite of the veterinarian initiating medical treatment, the horse continued to decline to the point of not being able to stand and was euthanized the following day. Samples were collected for Rabies, WNv, EEE, and WEE and submitted on September 7. Test results were returned on September 15, confirming a WNv diagnosis. The affected horse was not current on WNv vaccinations.  Approximately 10 additional horses reside on site. Those not current on WNv vaccinations were encouraged to be vaccinated.  

Do you need an import permit?

There are various of import requirements for bringing different livestock and domestic animals into Minnesota. The first step anyone looking to import an animal should take is reviewing the specific requirements for the species they wish to import. You an also review import requirements on InterstateLivestock.com.

If you don't have access to the internet or wish to discuss import requirements with our staff, please call us at 651-296-2942.

If an import permit is required there are two simple ways to request a permit:

Coming soon...Excel templates for accredited veterinarians!

The Board is finalizing two excel templates that will soon be available to all Minnesota accredited veterinarians that perform Tuberculosis testing or Brucellosis vaccination. The templates are designed to make capturing the test/vaccination records easier for the accredited veterinarian and simplify submission to the Board. The Board will let you know when these templates are ready for distribution.

Any accredited veterinarians interested in piloting the templates and providing feedback to improve development, please contact Dr. Stacey Schwabenlander. Accredited veterinarians testing or vaccinating large numbers of cattle would be most helpful during the pilot.

University of Minnesota highlights One Health approach

The U of M recently published an interactive story on the impact of One Health on the world around us. The piece covers the broad range of implications pathogens have on not only our livestock and pets, but also ourselves. Plus, you can follow the latest research from four graduate students tackling the latest disease outbreaks with a One Health approach. Read the full story in the University's News and Events section.

September Board Meeting Video

The Board met for the third quarterly meeting of 2021 on Wednesday, September 15. The meeting was recorded and is posted on YouTube.