Strangles Confirmed in Los Angeles County, CA

Strangles has been confirmed at an equestrian facility in Los Angeles County, Calif. During the last week in December, two horses were cultured for Streptococcus equi via nasal swab. One horse tested positive for the disease. The facility was placed under quarantine and the horse that tested positive was placed in isolation.

Strangles is a highly contagious, upper respiratory disease that infects the lymph nodes and guttural pouches of horses, donkeys and mules. It is spread from sneezing, coughing and nose-to-nose contact, as well as from the pus of draining abscesses.  The organism may also be carried on instruments and hands.

Factors that can contribute to strangles include:

  • Poor sanitation
  • Crowded conditions
  • Stress from transport
  • Additions to a herd

Horses affected with strangles will need to be isolated so they don’t continue to spread the disease. Affected horses may have difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes and loss of appetite. Horses may also present with more minor symptoms that include a slight cough or mild fever.

Treatment generally includes rest and the administration of anti-inflammatories. Depending on the stage of the disease, some vets will use drawing agents to get the abscesses to come to a head; other vets may deliver antibiotics to prevent the abscesses from maturing.

  • Don’t share buckets and equipment
  • Vaccinate
  • Quarantine new horses
  • Practice good biosecurity

Read more at the Equine Disease Communications Center.

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