A horse from a farm in Cape May County died after officials tested a positive Tuesday for rabies.
Bentley, a 20-month-old stallion, was treated in a referral facility and tested for rabies He showed neurological symptoms, said the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Cape May Department of Health.
Bentley resided at Fox Wood Farms in the Rio Grand section of the Middle Township and had been vaccinated. The other horses from the farms, all previously vaccinated, have been given a booster vaccine and monitored for 45 days.
Other animals on the farm are quarantined for 6 months. Fox Wood Farms posted a message on its Facebook page mourning the death of the horse.
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Rabies Health authorities say they are transmitted by a bite of an infected animal and are fatal if clinical signs appear. Before such signs appear, it is poured through the saliva.
"Cattle often develop the" dumb "form of the disease, which consists of mild depression, circling, eating non-edible items," staring "or not acting normally," said the Department of Agriculture.
Those who have visited Fox Wood Farms from December 26 to January 5 are urged to call their family doctor before going to hospital for rabies vaccination after exposure. The disease can not be transmitted by stroking an exposed animal or by contact with blood, urine or faeces.
"Rabies is a deadly disease in humans, and every bite or exposure of an animal should be taken seriously," said Cape May District Health Officer Kevin Thomas said in a statement.
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