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April 27, 2021 - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the sixth case of strangles for 2021. The case occurred in a nine-year-old Tennessee Walker Horse mare from Oakland County. The horse became ill on April 11, 2021, with fever, lethargy, and decreased appetite. Subsequently, the mare developed nasal discharge and cultured positive for the disease. The horse is recovering and was unvaccinated against the disease.

Around the same time as this horse’s illness, an additional six horses at the same premises were noted to have similar symptoms. Two of these ill horses were also tested, but they were negative for the disease.

For more information on strangles and other diseases, including cases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

Previously Reported Cases:

April 23, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has been notified of another confirmed case of strangles at a premises in Shiawassee County, which had previously announced a case of the disease in February 2021. This new case occurred in a five-year-old Quarter Horse mare. The mare first became ill around February 16, 2021, and the animal was recently tested for strangles on April 7. The mare has recovered, and it is unknown if the animal was previously vaccinated against the disease. Overall, this is the fifth case of strangles in Michigan for 2021.

For more information on strangles and other diseases, including cases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

April 15, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the fourth case of strangles for 2021. Around April 5, 2021, an eight-month-old colt from Lapeer County had nasal and ocular discharge, which progressed to fever, lethargy, and abscessed submandibular lymph nodes. The colt was subsequently confirmed to have strangles, and it is unknown if the animal was previously vaccinated against the disease. Currently, the colt is being isolated and is recovering.

For more information on strangles and other diseases, including cases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

March 17, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the third case of strangles for 2021. On March 7, an unvaccinated eight-year-old mare from Genesee County developed nasal discharge and a fever, and subsequently tested positive for the bacteria that causes strangles. Currently, the horse is alive and recovering.

For more information on strangles and other diseases, including cases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

February 12, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the second case of strangles for 2021. The case was discovered in a 12-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Shiawassee County. On February 8, 2021, the horse developed nasal discharge and enlarged submandibular lymph nodes. The horse was then tested and found to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and is currently recovering.

For more information on strangles and other diseases, including cases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.

​January 26, 2021

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the first case of strangles for 2021 in a 12-year-old grade gelding from Kent County. The horse became ill on January 18 with fever, lethargy, and a decreased appetite. Even though the animal was currently vaccinated against strangles, the horse tested positive for the disease and is now recovering.

For more information on reported strangles cases and other equine diseases in Michigan, please visit the Equine Disease Communication Center.