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June 23, 2022 - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 28th case of strangles for 2022. On June 12, 2022, a 10-year-old Standardbred mare from St. Joseph County became ill with an abscess and was later confirmed to have the disease. The mare is recovering and was unvaccinated against strangles. Another horse at the premises is also reported to be ill.

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

Previously Reported Cases:

​June 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 27th case of strangles for 2022. On June 12, 2022, a 10-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding from Livingston County became ill with fever and nasal discharge. The gelding was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and is recovering.

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

June 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 26th case of strangles for 2022. On June 3, 2022, a 10-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Genesee County became ill with fever and nasal discharge. The mare was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse is recovering and was unvaccinated against strangles. Earlier, another horse from the premises was reported to have the disease as well.

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

June 14, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting two additional detections of strangles for 2022, bringing the total number of cases to 25.

One case occurred in a yearling paint colt from Otsego County. Around June 2, 2022, the colt became ill with a fever and was later confirmed to have the disease. It is unknown if the colt was vaccinated against strangles.

The other case occurred in an unvaccinated six-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from Genesee County. The gelding first became ill on May 4, 2022, and eventually developed fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, coughing, and enlarged lymph nodes. On June 9, 2022, the gelding was confirmed to have strangles.

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

June 13, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 23rd case of strangles for 2022. On May 16, 2022, a stallion from Van Buren County became ill with enlarged lymph nodes and was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and is recovering.

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

May 27, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 22nd case of strangles for 2022. On April 26, 2022, a six-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Mecosta County became ill with fever and enlarged submandibular lymph nodes. The mare was unvaccinated against strangles and was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse is recovering. Also, two other horses at the same premises are noted to be ill.

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

May 20, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting four new cases of strangles, bringing the total number of cases for 2022 to 21.

The first case occurred in a two-year-old Quarter Horse filly from St. Clair County. In April, the filly developed a decreased appetite and chest swelling and was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse was not vaccinated against strangles and is currently undergoing treatment. Another horse at the premises also had strangles-like symptoms but was not tested for the disease.

The second and third cases occurred in Tennessee Walking Horse geldings (a 29-year-old and a 22-year-old) from the same premises in Oakland County. For the 29-year-old gelding, although the exact date for the onset of symptoms is unclear, the horse recently began to have nasal discharge and subsequently tested positive for strangles. The horse was not vaccinated against the disease but is recovering.

The 22-year-old gelding actually became ill on January 20, 2022, with nasal discharge, but MDARD just received information on this case in May 2022. The gelding was unvaccinated against strangles and was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. The horse is alive.

The last new case was discovered in a four-year-old Thoroughbred mare from Kent County. On April 29, 2022, the mare became ill with nasal discharge and enlarged lymph nodes. The mare was subsequently confirmed to be infected with strangles. While it is unknown if the mare was previously vaccinated against the disease, the horse is recovering. Another horse at this premises was previously reported to have strangles earlier this year.

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

May 4, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 17th case of strangles for 2022. On April 4, 2022, a 10-year-old grade gelding from Muskegon County developed a fever and submandibular abscesses and was subsequently confirmed positive for the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and is recovering.

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

​May 3, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting three new cases of strangles, bringing the total number of cases for 2022 to 16.

The first case occurred in a seven-year-old Paint gelding from Oakland County. On April 21, 2022, the horse developed nasal discharge from the right nostril and was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. While it is unknown if the horse was vaccinated against strangles, the gelding is recovering.

The other two cases were found in a 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding and a 12-year-old Quarter Horse cross gelding; both are from the same property in Wayne County. On April 24, 2022, the horses developed nasal discharge and were later confirmed positive. The horses are recovering and were last vaccinated against strangles on March 29, 2022.

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

April 21, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting two new cases of strangles, bringing the total number of cases for 2022 to 13.

One of these new cases was in a 13-year-old Paint gelding from Lapeer County. On April 4, 2022, the horse became ill with fever, nasal discharge, and decreased appetite and was subsequently confirmed positive for strangles. While it is unknown if the horse was vaccinated against the disease, the gelding was moved to Genesee County and is recovering.

The other case occurred in a 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from Kent County. On March 28, 2022, the gelding developed nasal discharge and fever and was later confirmed to be positive for the disease. It is unknown if the horse was vaccinated, but the gelding is recovering.

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

April 8, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the eleventh case of strangles for 2022. On March 29, 2022, a 20-year-old mare from Wayne County became ill with fever, nasal discharge, lethargy, and a loss of appetite. The horse was later confirmed to have strangles. It is unknown if the mare was previously vaccinated against the disease, but the horse is recovering.

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

March 31, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting the tenth case of strangles for 2022. On March 21, 2022, a two-year-old paint colt from Ingham County became ill with enlarged lymph nodes and was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. It is unknown if the horse was previously vaccinated against strangles, and the colt is recovering.

For additional context, MDARD had reported another strangles case from the same premises back in February.

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

March 28, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting five new strangles cases, bringing the total number of cases for 2022 to nine.

Three of these cases occurred in horses from a premises in Oakland County. All three horses became ill between February 8 through 10, 2022. Two of the horses had fevers, and one horse did not want to eat for a day. All three of the horses were unvaccinated and are now recovering.

An additional, unrelated case was identified in a 16-year-old Quarter Horse mare also from Oakland County. On March 13, 2022, the mare became ill with a fever and outstretched neck; and the horse was later confirmed to be positive for strangles. The mare was unvaccinated against the disease and is recovering.

The last case involves an unvaccinated seven-year-old grade mare from Livingston County. On March 1, 2022, the mare became ill with nasal discharge and submandibular abscesses; and subsequently, the horse was confirmed to have strangles. The mare is alive and recovering.

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

March 11, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the fourth case of strangles for 2022. On February 25, 2022, a nine-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Oakland County was confirmed to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles; and at this time, the horse is alive and not showing signs of disease.

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

​March 3, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the third case of strangles for 2022. On February 20, 2022, a 27-year-old Appaloosa mare from Ingham County became ill with nasal discharge and fever. Samples were collected on February 22, 2022, and the horse was subsequently confirmed to have strangles. The horse is recovering and was unvaccinated against the disease.

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

February 18, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the second case of strangles for 2022. On January 28, 2022, a 13-year-old Pinto gelding from Kent County became ill with anorexia and ventral limb edema. The horse then developed several abscesses. Samples were collected on February 10, 2022, and the gelding was confirmed to have strangles. The horse was unvaccinated against the disease and is recovering.

Another horse at the property was also ill; and while it was not tested for strangles, the horse was diagnosed with the disease on February 12, 2022.

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

February 16, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the first case of strangles for 2022. On February 10, 2022, a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Oakland County became ill with a ruptured lymph node and nasal and eye discharge. Samples were collected, and the horse was confirmed to have strangles. The gelding was unvaccinated against the disease and is recovering. Another horse at the property was noted to also be ill.

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