According to the Equine Disease Communication Center and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a private facility in Lake County in Florida has been placed under quarantine by the FDACS as of Sept. 23 due a horse testing positive for strangles.

Only the animals under quarantine have additional travel restrictions. The horse under quarantine is not allowed to leave the premises.

A suckling foal was confirmed by a FDACS veterinary medical officer in Lake County with strangles after showing signs of swollen lymph nodes on Sept. 17 and confirmed on Sept. 21.

This is the 28th confirmed cases of strangles in Florida in 2023.

The incubation period is between three to 14 days according to the EDCC.

Also known as Strep Equi, Strangles is a highly infectious bacterial infection that is spread from horse to horse through direct contact and by coming into contact with a contaminated surface. It is common and most horses are exposed and/or infected at a young age.

For more information about strangles click here.

Return to the Sept. 24 issue of Wire to Wire