First EEE Case for 2019 Confirmed in New Jersey Horse

The vaccinated 12-year-old Ocean County mare was euthanized July 23.
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First EEE Case for 2019 Confirmed in New Jersey Horse
An approximately 12-year-old mare in Ocean County is this year’s first reported case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in New Jersey. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
An approximately 12-year-old mare in Ocean County is this year’s first reported case of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), a serious mosquito-borne illness in horses, in New Jersey. The horse had been previously vaccinated against EEE in April and was euthanized on July 23.

“Horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. “Vaccinated animals are much less likely to contract deadly diseases such as EEE and West Nile Virus.”

In 2018 New Jersey had five cases of EEE and one case of West Nile virus (WNV), another mosquito-borne neurologic illness.

Effective equine vaccines for EEE and WNV are available. Horse owners should contact their veterinarians if their horses are not already up to date on these vaccinations

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