USDA Announces Regulatory Determination Relating to Lethal Equine Virus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its determination that the modified Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) strain TC-83(A3G) has demonstrated increased pathogenicity and lethality and that the strain has the potential to pose a severe threat to animal health or animal products. APHIS is advising the public that the strain is subject to APHIS' select agent and toxin regulations effective September 1, 2022.