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May 12, 2020 - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reported the eighth case of strangles for Michigan in 2020. The case occurred in a 19-year-old Quarter Horse mare from St. Clair County. The mare became ill on April 29, 2020, with nasal discharge and enlarged glands. Subsequently, the horse tested positive for the disease. The mare was not vaccinated against strangles and is alive and recovering. Three other horses at the farm have signs of illness, but they have not been tested for the disease. For more information, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

April 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has reported two new strangles-positive horses. The two grade mares were from the same Oakland County premises and became ill with a cough and enlarged, draining glands around April 6, 2020. Neither horse was vaccinated against strangles. An additional four equids at the property are noted to be ill. All equids are recovering. These new cases bring the total number of reported cases of strangles in Michigan to seven. For more information, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

Note: The fifth case of strangles for 2020 was an update to a case reported to the EDCC on March 31, 2020. The quarter horse gelding was originally reported as suspect, but the horse was subsequently tested.

April 1, 2020

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the fourth case of strangles for 2020 in a 19-year-old Pinto gelding from Livingston County. The pinto had a history of fever and nasal discharge and subsequently tested positive for the disease on bacterial culture. The pinto was currently vaccinated against strangles. An additional two horses at the premises are also reported to be having similar signs. All equids are recovering. For more information, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

Note: The third case of strangles for 2020 (a 22-year-old Standardbred mare in Eaton County) was reported to the EDCC on March 18, 2020.

March 4, 2020

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting two cases of strangles for 2020. The first case was in a four-year-old paint mare from Ogemaw County. The horse became ill on February 1, 2020. Symptoms included swelling in the throat region, which was draining. The horse underwent testing and was confirmed to have strangles. The horse is alive and recovering. It is unknown if the horse had been vaccinated against the disease. The second case was in a two-year-old Quarter Horse filly from Cass County that developed a fever and swollen, draining, abscessed glands around February 18, 2020. The horse was tested and confirmed to have the disease; it was subsequently isolated and is reported to be recovering. The horse was reported to have been currently vaccinated against strangles. For more information, visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.