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23 MAY 2018 

A stable in Halifax has placed its horses in quarantine after a veterinarian confirmed one of the animals had contracted a highly contagious respiratory infection. According to the organization, the infection is known as strangles. It is a bacterial infection of a horse's upper respiratory tract, causing lymph nodes in the throat to inflame and making it difficult to breathe. Although the infection is highly contagious to horses, it poses no harm to the general public. Cases of strangles have been confirmed in other regions, including throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. It is recommended that other horse owners take the following precautions as a result of the outbreak: - Vaccinate any healthy horses if you have not already done so this year [2018]. - Vaccination may not prevent disease in all horses but could lessen its severity and duration. (Please still follow other precautions even if you have already vaccinated.) - Monitor your horse's temperature daily. Immediately contact a veterinarian if your horse is unwell. - Do not let your horse touch noses with other horses at competitions. - Do not share water buckets or feed tubs with other horses. - Disinfect stalls at shows before putting your horse in the stall. - Isolate new horses coming onto your property for 3 weeks. Source: Global News, ProMed

Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equids caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi (S. equi). The disease is characterized by severe inflammation of the mucosa of the head and throat, with extensive swelling and, often, rupture of the lymph nodes that produces large amounts of thick, creamy pus.

Alberta Veterinary Medical Association 

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 May 2018 09:45 )