ALBANY, N.Y. — According to the Equine Disease Communications Center website, New York reported the state’s first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 2019

According to the website:

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets confirmed a case of EEE in Oswego County. The horse was euthanized.

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The yearling filly was vaccinated but on Aug. 10 exhibited the clinical Signs of ataxia, blindness, and dullness.

EEE causes inflammation of the brain tissue and has a significantly higher risk of death in horses than West Nile Virus infection. EEE infections in horses are not a significant risk factor for human infection because horses (like humans) are considered to be "dead-end" hosts for the mosquito-borne virus.

New Jersey saw its first case of EEE in July. 

Rabid Groundhog In N.J.

ALEXANDRIA TWP., N.J. — A groundhog tested positive for rabies on Aug. 15 according to the Hunterdon County Board of Health.

The animal was found in the area of Route 519 and Senator Stout Road, according to the board’s notice.

Area residents who may have had contact with this groundhog between July 27 and Aug. 11 should notify their Primary Care Physician immediately or the Hunterdon Medical Center Emergency Room to discuss concerns, regarding possible exposure.

Previously, a groundhog tested positive for rabies on Aug. 7.

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