New Jersey has reported its first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) for 2019. The affected 12-year-old mare in Ocean County was vaccinated against EEE, but was euthanized on July 23 because of complications from the disease.
Spread by mosquitoes, the disease causes inflammation of brain tissue and has a higher mortality rate than West Nile Virus. Horses and humans are considered dead-end hosts for EEE meaning they cannot transmit the virus.
In 2018, there were five cases of EEE and one West Nile Virus case in New Jersey. Vaccination of all equines for both viruses is recommended.
For more information about EEE, visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture website.
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