The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health announced the quarantined of five Monmouth County farms and one in Gloucester County farm with possible Equine Herpes Virus.
At Sweet Dreams Farms, two horses euthanized presented with symptoms consistent with EHV-1 and had presumptive positive tests for the disease. Another died with similar symptoms but was not tested.
The other farms were quarantined " due to a high risk contact with Sweet Dreams Farm or having received a horse from Sweet Dreams," according to New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. None of the the other farms have shown any signs of the virus.
EHV is not harmful to humans, but can be fatal to horses. Both EHV-1 and EHV-4 can cause acute fever and respiratory illness, especially in young horses.
The department offers information for disinfection to avoid spread of the disease. Click here for details.