A 7-year-old alpaca in Camden County and a 2-year-old gelding horse in Ocean County are the fourth and fifth reported animal circumstances of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a critical, mosquito-borne sickness, in New Jersey this yr.
The alpaca’s vaccination historical past was unknown and it was euthanized earlier this month.
Three horses in Ocean County, together with a 12-year-old mare, and one horse in Monmouth County have additionally examined constructive for EEE and have been every euthanized inside the final month.
“These circumstances are reminders that it’s crucial for horse and alpaca house owners to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals in opposition to illnesses unfold by mosquitoes,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher mentioned. “Vaccinated animals are a lot much less prone to contract lethal illnesses comparable to Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Vaccination is the simplest technique and efficient equine vaccines can be found commercially.