According to the Equine Disease Communication Center and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a private facility in Sumpter County in Florida has been placed under quarantine by the FDACS as of Sept. 29 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 14-year-old mustang mare was confirmed by a FDACS veterinary medical officer in Sumpter County with strangles after showing signs of nasal discharge on Sept. 27 and confirmed on Sept. 28. The affected horse is alive and vaccination status is unknown.

This is the 29th 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.

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