Strangles Confirmed in Two Michigan Barns

Two horses in Michigan, located in Tuscola and Ottawa counties, are positive for strangles and under voluntary quarantine.

Two horses in Michigan, located in Tuscola and Ottawa counties, are positive for strangles and under voluntary quarantine.
Two horses in Michigan, located in Tuscola and Ottawa counties, are positive for strangles and under voluntary quarantine. | Wikimedia Commons

Strangles has been confirmed in two barns in Michigan. The barns are located in Tuscola and Ottawa counties.

In Tuscola County, a Quarter Horse colt was confirmed positive on June 9 after developing clinical signs on June 5, including a swollen throat and strained breathing. Two additional cases are suspected, and 27 horses are exposed. The affected horses are under voluntary quarantine.

In Ottawa County, a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding was confirmed positive on May 30 after developing clinical signs on May 22, including fever, nasal discharge and anorexia. The horse is recovering, and 19 horses are exposed. The affected horses are under voluntary quarantine. 

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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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