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Strangles – alert!

Not sure if the RC is aware but there is a confirmed case of strangles in Craven Arms.           vet

Link below to the Hay Vets factsheet if anyone is worried:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/hay-veterinary-group/strangles-fact-sheet/432690403461492

In case you cannot link I have copied and pasted for you to read.

Strangles Fact Sheet

27 October 2012 at 23:03

STRANGLES TRUISMS

  1. Nobody wants their horse to get strangles.
  2. Everyone gets worried when their horse gets strangles.
  3. When someone else’s horse gets strangles, everyone gets worried that their horse is going to get strangles

STRANGLES FACTS

  1. Strangles infection is not air-borne; it needs physical transfer – either direct contact with infected horses or indirect contact with contaminated things/people.
  2. It takes 7-14 days from initial infection to the onset of clinical signs (incubation period). Most horses will develop a fever 2-3 days before they become infectious. Many will go on to develop a purulent nasal discharge and swollen glands – BUT NOT ALL OF THEM WILL
  3. Most horses recover uneventfully after a short illness but a few will become carriers
  4. Medical treatment is not always necessary
  5. Vaccination is possible but not always helpful

 STRANGLES PREVENTION

  1. Quarantine new arrivals for at least 2 weeks (this is good practice for all infectious diseases) and monitor for suspicious signs. (fever, off food, snotty nose, swollen glands)
  2. Isolate and investigate all sick snotty horses
  3. Take sensible precautions at shows or events

 STRANGLES ACTION PLAN (IN THE UNLUCKY EVENT…)

  1. Don’t Panic!
  2. ISOLATE AFFECTED HORSES
  3. Tell your vet, neighbours, farrier, recent contacts
  4. Monitor and ISOLATE any new cases
  5. Stop all movements on or off the yard
  6. Test for carriers at the end of the outbreak

Effective quarantine and good hygiene will control Strangles

 

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