Warning Issued After Cumberland County Horse Dies of Deadly Disease

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Officials with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture have issued a reminder to Garden State residents that they need to vaccinate their pets after the first case of a deadly mosquito-borne illness in the state was confirmed this year.

Officials say a five-year-old horse from Cumberland County died in late August after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

The serious and often fatal disease is spread by mosquitoes and adversely affects a horses' neurological system, which causes inflammation of brain tissue.

They are reminding residents who own horses to make sure they stay up to date with their vaccinations.

To learn more about EEE you can visit the Department of Agriculture's website.

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