Strangles Disease

Positive Case of Strangles Confirmed in Ontario On Feb. 19, 2021, the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) confirmed a positive case of strangles in Ontario. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed that a Standardbred racehorse at Shamrock Training Centre that had travelled from Red Shores Racetrack in Prince Edward Island on Feb. 14, 2021, with four other horses has tested positive for strangles. The racehorse is in isolation at another property as of Feb. 16, 2021.


For the full disease advisory, visit EDCC. Additional details on strangles can be found here.


Positive Case of Strangles Confirmed in Prince Edward Island

On Feb. 17, 2021, the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission (APHRC) was informed of a new confirmed case of strangles in a Standardbred in Prince Edward Island. Testing of other horses in the newly impacted stable is underway and the stable has been quarantined. For the full disease advisory, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.


Additional details on strangles can be found here.


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.


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