On March 2, 2018, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed strangles (Streptococcus equi) in two horses.
Of the two horses on a Brevard County property, one exhibited clinical signs, but has since returned to normal. One horse with clinical signs and a positive culture located was placed under quarantine.
This is the first strangles quarantine in Brevard County and the eighth for the state of Florida in 2018.
A second horse with clinical signs and a positive PCR for strangles located in Suwannee County, Florida, was placed under quarantine. The horse arrived from a kill pen several weeks ago and began exhibiting clinical signs on February 16, 2018.
This is the second strangles quarantine for Suwannee County and the ninth for the state of Florida in 2018.
This information was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), which works to protect horses and the horse industry from the threat of infectious diseases in North America.