Three Florida Premises Quarantined for Strangles in February 2018

Florida officials reported that a premise in Escambia County and two premises in Alachua County were quarantined for equine strangles.

On February 6, 2018, one premise in Escambia County was placed under quarantine by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs when one of six horses on the premises exhibited clinical signs of strangles. 

This is the first cases of strangles reported in Escambia County in 2018. 

On February 20, one premise in Alachua County, Florida, was placed under quarantine when seven of eight horses exhibited clinical signs of strangles. 

On February 26, one premise in Alachua County, Florida, was placed under quarantine when one horse had exhibited clinical signs of strangles after returning home from training. There are no sick horses at that training facility at this time. 

These are the first and second cases of strangles reported in Alachua County in 2018. These three cases bring the number of strangles cases reported in Florida to seven in 2018.

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.

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