Rabies Found in New Jersey Horse

The 20-month-old colt from rural Cape May County had been treated at a referral facility and was tested for rabies because he showed neurologic symptoms.

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Because rabies threatens both horses and the humans who handle them, the AAEP recommends rabies as a core vaccine every U.S. horse should receive. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

A horse from rural Cape May County, New Jersey has tested positive for rabies.

The 20-month-old colt had been treated at a referral facility and was tested for rabies because he showed neurologic signs of disease. The colt was previously vaccinated, as were all other horses on the property.  The exposed surviving horses have since received a booster vaccination and are under observation for 45 days. Exposed unvaccinated animals have been quarantined for six months.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health encourages animal owners to speak with their veterinarians about vaccinating their charges against rabies if they have not already done. Vaccination of livestock and other domestic animals is the most effective strategy to protect animals against this disease and minimize the impact it could have on you and your animals. If unvaccinated livestock are suspected of having direct contact with a rabid animal or are suspected of contracting rabies, it could be necessary for the entire premises to be placed under quarantine

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