Atlantic County Mare First EEE Case This Year

A 4-year-old Atlantic County mare is the first reported case of eastern equine encephalitis, a serious mosquito-borne illness in horses, this year in the state, the Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.The mare had not been vaccinated against the disease, the department said in a news release. It was euthanized Sept. 8. The department did not specify where in the county the horse was. In general, most regions in New Jersey have reported mosquito populations below the running five-year average, the department said. Livestock owners are strongly encouraged to vaccinate against mosquito-borne diseases.