For Immediate Release
May 18, 2009
Public Information Officer
Montana Department ofLivestock
Livestock Department Rescinds 2007 Rules for Stallion Imports and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA); New Rule Goes into Effect Monday, May 18
New Rule “More Appropriate”
The Montana Department of Livestock has rescinded a 2007 rule concerning the importation of stallions and testing for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA), and a new rule will take effect on Monday, May 18, the department announced today.
Dr. Marty Zaluski, state veterinarian, said the new rule is “more appropriate” than the older, now-rescinded rule, which was put into place several years ago on the heels of a multi-state outbreak of the virus. Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) is a transmissible disease of horses, donkeys and mules that can reduce reproductive success and can be fatal in young foals.
The new rule on the importation of stallions that test positive for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) will take effect on Monday, May 18, Zaluski said.
The new rule requires that the State Veterinarian be officially notified before any stallion known to be a carrier and shedder of EVA can be brought into Montana. In addition, if a stallion testing positive on a serum diagnostic test for EVA has no certified proof of vaccination against the disease, a copy of a lab reported confirming there is no EVA virus in its semen must be provided before importation will be allowed.
An order to implement the new rule beginning on Monday, May 18, was issued earlier this week with the approval of the Montana Board of Livestock. Those with questions about it should call the Department of Livestock at 406-444-2043.