Delaware Park Officials Isolate Horse With Possible Strangles Case

One horse with a possible case of strangles has been put in an isolation barn outside of the stable area at Delaware Park.

According to John Mooney, executive director of racing at the Wilmington, Del., track, the horse stabled in a lightly populated barn was sent to a nearby clinic about one week ago after showing discomfort in the neck area. The horse spent several days at the clinic, then was returned to Delaware and moved to the isolation barn after a culture identified a possible case of strangles –  a bacterial infection from the Streptococcus equi subspecies.

Strangles affects the upper airway and lymph nodes of the head and neck and is transmittable through nasal discharge. Shared water buckets, feed tubs, tack, and clothing and equipment of horse handlers can spread the disease. It may take up to 14 days after exposure for a horse to display clinical signs – which include fever, nasal discharge and enlarged lymph nodes between the lower jaw bones.

The barn in which the horse had been stabled is not under quarantine, although the state veterinarian is monitoring the horses carefully and they are permitted to train outside of regular training hours.

There is no quarantine at Delaware Park, Mooney said.

The New York Racing Association alerted horsemen that horses from Delaware Park will not be permitted on the grounds, including those that ship to Delaware to race and are scheduled to return.

More about strangles from American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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