Equine Strangles in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island State Veterinarian has reported equine strangles at a boarding facility in Providence County.

A Warmblood mare in Providence County, Rhode Island, was confirmed with equine strangles in early March. (This is a generic strangles image and is not of the mare mentioned in this article.) Amy Dragoo

The Rhode Island State Veterinarian confirmed a case of equine strangles in Providence County. The Warmblood mare had onset of clinical signs on March 1 that included enlarged lymph nodes, fever and nasal discharge. She was confirmed positive on March 3 and currently is recovering.

Seven other horses on the property were exposed.

The index mare was relocated to another section of the stable and thus far only one additional mare on the farm has had any clinical signs of strangles (low fever and mild nasal discharge) three weeks after the index case was removed. 

The Rhode Island State Veterinarian imposed a quarantine on this stable. 

For more information on equine strangles read this AAEP Fact Sheet.

Information for this report was provided by the Equine Disease Communication Center.

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