Florida Reports Multiple New Strangles Cases; Total Now Up To 40 For 2017

The following alerts were issued from the Equine Disease Communication Center last week: 

On Dec. 4, 2017, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed three premises in Manatee County, Fla., were placed under quarantine for clinical signs of Strangles. All four horses began showing clinical signs after a trail ride event on November 18th in Citrus County. These are the first 3 cases of Strangles in Manatee County and the 36-38th cases for the state of Florida.

On Dec. 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed one premise in Volusia County, Fla., was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical on December 2nd. All other horses on the premise are free of clinical signs at this time. This is the first case of reported Strangles in Volusia County and the 39th for the state of Florida.

On Dec. 6, 2017, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed one premise in Indian River County was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR confirmation of Strangles. The index case became clinical on November 20th after residing at a training facility in Lee County. All other horses at both locations are free of clinical signs. This is the first case of reported Strangles in Indian River County and the 40th for the state of Florida.

Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by S equi equi, which is characterized by abscesses in the lymph nodes around the throat. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, the incubation period may range from three to 14 days, after which symptoms begin with fever and may continue with nasal discharge, depression, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and extended head and neck along with swelling around the lymph nodes. Horses are believed to continue shedding the bacteria for up to a month after recovering from symptoms.

 

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