Vesicular Stomatitis Virus cases in Kansas are decreasing dramatically. As of August 6, the USDA reports there were only four new cases of the virus statewide.


The virus is lessening nationwide as well, with only 14 new cases in four states - including Kansas. In addition to Kansas, there were three new cases in Arkansas, five in Missouri and two in Oklahoma. Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas have no new reported cases.


More than 50 previously-infected Kansas premises were released from quarantine this week. There was one new case reported in Butler, Cherokee, Miami and Sedgwick counties. Cowley and Miami County have four and five cases respectively.


Although Butler County had the highest outbreak in the nation of more than 50 cases, only two cases remain in quarantine.


Counties in which premises were released from quarantine include Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson counties.


Nationwide, since the start of the outbreak, more than 300 VSV-affected premises were identified. Eleven premises had clinically-affected cattle, with equine affecting the rest. The cattle affected in Kansas resided in Butler, Cowley, Marion, and Montgomery counties.