Equine Strangles Continues in Florida to Start the New Year

Florida starts the new year with cases of equine strangles in Suwannee and Lake Counties.

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed strangles in Suwannee and Lake Counties. On January 5, 2018, one premise in Suwannee County was placed under quarantine for clinical signs of strangles. The clinical horse arrived on the premise on December 201, 2017, from Burkburnett, Texas, and became clinical 10 days later. 

This is the first case of strangles in Suwannee County and for the state of Florida in 2018. 

On January 10, 2018, one premise in Lake County, Florida, was placed under quarantine when two of the 12 horses on the property demonstrated clinical signs consistent with strangles. This is the first case of strangles for Lake County and the second for the state of Florida in 2018. 

For more information go to: https://aaep.org/sites/default/files/Documents/DiseaseFactsheetStrepequi.pdf.

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America. The communication system is designed to seek and report real time information about disease outbreaks similar to how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.

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