According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on January 2, 2018, one premise in Palm Beach County, Florida, was placed under quarantine for clinical signs and positive PCR and culture confirmation of strangles. The index case became clinical on December 26, 2017.
The clinical horse was obtained from a feedlot in Louisiana approximately five weeks ago and underwent a one-week quarantine in South Carolina immediately before arriving in Florida. This is the 6th strangles quarantine in Palm Beach County and the 42nd in the state of Florida for 2017.
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.