On August 24, 2012 the New Jersey Department of Agriculture sent a memo to all veterinarians in the state informing them that within the past two weeks, 3 horses in New Jersey have been infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) or Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Both diseases are transmitted by mosquitoes, and horses that contract EEE rarely survive.

To help protect your horses against these diseases, eliminate standing water on your property wherever possible and change water troughs at least every 3 days. Talk with your veterinarian about an appropriate vaccination program for your area, and keep horses inside between dusk and dawn to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. If your horse exhibits any signs of neurological damage (drooping ears, circling, head pressing, inability to swallow, abnormal gaits, etc.) contact your veterinarian immediately. For more information on WNV, EEE, and vaccination protocols, visit the American Association of Equine Practitioners website: http://www.aaep.org/core_vaccinations.htm