Ontario Thoroughbred positive for strangles

An 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding in Grey County, Ontario, is positive for strangles, and 24 other horses are exposed.

On March 23, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding in Grey County, Ontario, was examined after developing a fever and submandibular draining tract. The exudate was positive for S. equi by PCR.

The horse has lived on the property for a year, and no new horses have arrived on the property recently. Twenty-four horses are now exposed, but none are showing clinical signs.

The facility owners are working with the farm veterinarian to implement voluntary movement restrictions and biosecurity measures.

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About strangles

Strangles in horses is an infection caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies equi and spread through direct contact with other equids or contaminated surfaces. Horses that aren’t showing clinical signs can harbor and spread the bacteria, and recovered horses remain contagious for at least six weeks, with the potential to cause outbreaks long-term.

Infected horses can exhibit a variety of clinical signs:

  • Fever
  • Swollen and/or abscessed lymph nodes
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Muscle swelling
  • Difficulty swallowing

Veterinarians diagnose horses using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing with either a nasal swab, wash or an abscess sample, and they treat most cases based on clinical signs, implementing antibiotics for severe cases. Overuse of antibiotics can prevent an infected horse from developing immunity. Most horses make a full recovery in three to four weeks.

A vaccine is available but not always effective. Biosecurity measures of quarantining new horses at a facility and maintaining high standards of hygiene and disinfecting surfaces can help lower the risk of outbreak or contain one when it occurs.

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