Michigan's Oakland and Livingston Counties Have Positive Equine Strangles Horses

UPDATE: The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed six cases of equine strangles in Oakland County and a case of equine strangles in Livingston County.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed five cases of equine strangles in Oakland County and a case of equine strangles in Livingston County. iStock

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed five cases of equine strangles in Oakland County and a case of equine strangles in Livingston County.

Oakland County

UPDATE: At a separate Oakland County property, a 16-year-old Quarter Horse mare was confirmed with equine strangles on March 17. She is recovering.

Strangles was reported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at a property in Oakland County on February 15, 2022. Three more horses from the same property now have tested positive for equine strangles, bringing the total to five. 

The most recent cases were in a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare, and a 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly. All of the horses are recovering.

Livingston County

A 7-year-old Quarter Horse cross mare in Livingston County, Michigan, was confirmed positive for equine strangles on March 21. The mare had been acquired by the current owner on February 27 and had an unknown history. She had onset of clinical signs on March 1. The mare is recovering.

For more information on equine strangles read this Fact Sheet.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.

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