Strangles in Michigan and Florida in Late March 2020

Properties in Michigan and Florida have confirmed cases of equine strangles, with other horses exposed.

Strangles was confirmed in horses in Livingston County, Michigan, and Orange County, Florida, in late March. Amy Dragoo

The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDDC) has reported that premises Florida and Michigan have confirmed cases of equine strangles.


The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reported one confirmed case, two suspect cases and 97 exposed horses on a premises in Livingston County. The confirmed case was in a 19-year-old Pinto gelding that had onset of clinical signs on March 25 that included fever and nasal discharge. The gelding is recovering.

This premises is under a voluntary quarantine.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported a confirmed case of equine strangles in Orange County. The 5-year-old Paint gelding has clinical signs that included fever. The premises was placed under quarantine on March 30, and six other horses on the premises were exposed but are currently free of clinical signs.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center, which has information for horse owners on COVID-19.

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