The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has confirmed a case of strangles in a 9-year-old miniature mule gelding from Chippewa County. The unvaccinated mule developed nasal discharge, fever and abscesses starting on March 6, 2018. The mule is recovering.
Other equines at the premises were noted to have similar signs; they were not tested, but are suspected to also have strangles and are being treated. No quarantine was issued.
To date for 2018, there have been two confirmed cases of strangles in Michigan.