This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the Week ending June 9, 2023

Summer Concert Series
 Equine Health Update
As many of you might know there has been a case of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in Orange County as of (6/5/23). We are carefully monitoring the cases and are in communication with the CDFA veterinarians to ensure we are doing all we can to keep our horses safe from VSV. 
Guidelines for VSV Prevention that you can do to help your horse & others at Nellie Gail Ranch:

Remove all feed buckets, trays that have food particles from the stalls (flies are attracted to food).Keep your area CLEAN and remove any unnecessary food containers that will attract flies.Throw away all trash and keep trash lids closed.Do not store manure pitch forks, manure carts etc.  in proximity to your stall as they attract flies.Use fly spray and fly protectant gear (fly sheet, fly mask etc.).Ask your veterinarian about food supplements that help prevent flies ( ex: garlic)Clean your saddle pads and equipment and store them in your trunks.Avoid placing grain balls or any type of treat/toy that will attract flies to your horse’s stall. *VSV is transmissible to humans and causes flu like symptoms for 2 weeks.*
GVSV in San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernadino, Orange County & Los Angeles Nellie Gail Ranch has implemented the following protocols:

Boarders leaving Nellie Gail Ranch to go to Riverside County, San Diego County, San Bernadino County or traveling inside Orange County must quarantine at a stable/ranch outside of the infected counties (San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernadino County Los Angeles & OC ) for a minimum of 9 days before returning to Nellie Gail Ranch (We advise not to travel unless necessary).Required Heath Certificate from a veterinarian stating that the horse or horses on the Health Certificate are free and clear of any signs of symptoms of VSV and are not a health risk to NGR. (Address of quarantine must be included on the health certificate).Nellie Gail Ranch has suspend all monthly memberships to Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center (Non-Homeowners). Homeowners are permitted currently to enter Nellie Gail Ranch Equestrian Center.No trailering in allowed (except from an authorized quarantine facility).
GVSV Situation Report 6/9/2023:
Since the last situation report (6/6/2023), there have been 15 new VSV-affected premises identified (4 confirmed positive, 11 suspect) in California with five counties currently affected:  Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties.  To date, all confirmed cases have been vesicular stomatitis New Jersey virus (VSNJV) serotype. Updates are as follows:  

Los Angeles County (New Infected County) – 1 confirmed positive equine premises.Riverside County – 6 new suspect equine premisesSan Bernardino County – 1 new confirmed positive equine premisesSan Diego County – 2 new confirmed positive premises (1 equine, 1 wildlife park) and 5 new suspect equine premisesSince the last situation report (6/6/2023), the following previously confirmed positive or suspect premises have been released from quarantine: 1 equine premises in Riverside County and 4 equine premises in San Diego County  
Since the start of the outbreak, 77 VSV-affected premises have been identified (29 confirmed positive, 48 suspect) in 1 state, California.  Seventy-five (75) of these premises have had only equine species clinically affected in 5 counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties), one (1) premises has had clinically affected cattle (San Diego County), and one (1) premises has had clinically affected rhinoceros (San Diego County).  Of the 77 VSV-affected premises, 10 premises have completed the quarantine period with no new clinical cases and have been released from quarantine.  Sixty-seven (67) premises remain quarantined.  
Additional information and maps of the affected area are contained in the attached situation report.  The situation report is posted publicly on the APHIS website and is accessible by clicking the button below.
APHIS Website