Two Counties in Michigan Confirm Cases of Strangles

One horse in Livingston County and one horse in St. Joseph County tested positive for strangles.
The cases are located in Livingston and St. Joseph County, MI, identified in red on the map of the state. 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported two new strangles cases in the state.

A 10-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding in Livingston County presented with a fever and nasal discharge on June 12. He was unvaccinated and is currently recovering in voluntary quarantine.

A 10-year-old Standardbred mare in St. Joseph County presented with an abscess on June 12. She is also reported to be unvaccinated and recovering in voluntary quarantine.

To read the alert and others, click here.

EDCC Health Watch is an Equine Network marketing program that utilizes information from the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) to create and disseminate verified equine disease reports. The EDCC is an independent nonprofit organization that is supported by industry donations in order to provide open access to infectious disease information.

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.

SHARE THIS STORY
CATEGORIES
TAGS
RELATED ARTICLES
Ontario_WellingtonCounty_Wiki
2 Ontario Broodmares Positive for Strangles
Pierce-County-WI
4 Wisconsin Horses Positive for Strangles
Aiken-County-SC
Donkey in South Carolina Positive for EHV
Bedford-County-TN
Tennessee Horse Positive for Rabies
EDCC HEALTH ALERTS
Don’t miss an important EDCC Health Alert! Get alerts delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for Practical Horseman’s newsletter.

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Country*

Additional Offers

Additional Offers
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.