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New Jersey farm quarantined after horse contracts herpes

The virus does not affect humans.

WARREN COUNTY, N.J. - A Warren County farm has been placed under quarantine after a horse tested positive for equine herpes (EHV-1). The 25 year-old mare was euthanized on November 3, 2017.

The other horses at the home farm are quarantined for at least 21 days and other biosecurity measures are in effect at the home.

All the horses on the quarantined premises will be temperature checked twice daily to confirm the virus is not spreading.

EHV-1 spreads quickly from horse to horse, has a high morbidity, and can cause a wide range of symptoms, from respiratory problems, especially in young horses, to spontaneous abortions in pregnant mares.

Transmission of the virus is mostly via direct contact with infected materials.

While highly infectious, the virus can be neutralized by hand soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and sunlight.

The virus does not affect humans and other domestic animals, except for llamas and alpacas.

If an owner has a horse that is exhibiting neurologic signs or suspects equine herpes, they are directed to call their veterinarian immediately.

EHM, like other viral diseases affecting horses' neurological systems, such as rabies, eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus, must be reported to the state veterinarian within 48 hours.

Owners can contact the NJDA Animal Heath Diagnostic Laboratory for testing

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