The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has quarantined two New Jersey farms, one in Gladstone and another in Pompton Plains.
A horse from the Gladstone facility tested positive for the neurologic form of EHV-1. It reportedly attended a horse show in Newburgh, New York over the weekend of January 12. Eleven horses at the show were also from New Jersey and were exposed to the infected horse. They have been located and are not exhibiting symptoms.
“The Department has taken immediate preventive measures to stop the virus from spreading,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “It is essential that we use quarantines and trace back in Equine Herpes cases since the disease is easily transmitted, causing many horses to become sick or die.”
EHV-1 spreads quickly from horse to horse through the air and can cause a wide range of symptoms, from a complete lack of clinical signs to respiratory problems. The neurologic form of EHV-1 can cause paralysis and even death. The incubation period of EHV-1 is typically a couple of days to more than a week.
The neurologic horse is recovering at a veterinary facility in Oldwick.