The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported a positive equine strangles in Genesee County. Streptococcus equi equi is also known as “Strep equi” or strangles. It is a bacterial infection in horses.
The 8-year-old Rocky Mountain mare had onset of clinical signs on March 7 that included fever and nasal discharge. She was confirmed with equine strangles on March 15. She was affected and alive at the time of this report. No other horses were exposed to the mare.
Strangles is spread from horse to horse through direct contact. Horses can also contract the disease by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces. The disease is highly infectious in horses.
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