The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed two new cases of strangles. One case is in a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Livingston County. The horse had a history of coughing. The horse underwent endoscopy and was found to have discharge in the guttural pouch. The horse was cultured for strangles on August 7, 2018, and was cultured positive for the bacteria that causes strangles. The horse’s vaccination history is unknown. No quarantines were issued.
The second case is in a 16-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Washtenaw County. The horse developed a sudden onset of coughing, inappetence, fever and nasal discharge on August 4, 2018. The horse was not vaccinated against strangles. No quarantines were issued. Another horse at the property was previously confirmed to have strangles in June.
These cases bring the total number of cases of strangles in Michigan for 2018 to 13 from the following counties: Chippewa, Clinton, Ionia, Livingston, Montcalm, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.