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November 17, 2022 - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 41st case of strangles for 2022. On November 7, 2022, a 10-year-old Mountain Pleasure Horse gelding from Ottawa County began to cough and experience nasal discharge. The gelding was later tested and confirmed to have strangles. While the horse was vaccinated against the disease in the past, it is unclear if the gelding is currently vaccinated. 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.

Previously Reported Cases:

October 31, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reporting two additional cases of strangles, bringing the total number for 2022 to 40.

The first case occurred in a 19-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Osceola County. Around August 27, 2022, the mare became ill with a swelling under her jaw, and she was later confirmed to have the disease. However, the case details were not reported to MDARD until October 28, 2022. The mare is alive and was unvaccinated against strangles.

The second case occurred in a five-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from Lapeer County. On October 18, 2022, the gelding became ill with fever, a swollen lymph node, and occasional nasal discharge. The horse was subsequently tested and confirmed to have the disease. While it is unknown if the gelding was previously vaccinated against strangles, the horse is recovering.

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

October 20, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 38th case of strangles for 2022.

On October 2, 2022, a three-year-old Thoroughbred gelding from Ionia County became ill with nasal discharge and was later confirmed to have the disease. The gelding was unvaccinated against strangles and is recovering. Back in August 2022, another horse at the same property was confirmed to have the disease; and currently, at least one other horse at the property is also suspected of having strangles.

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

September 27, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 37th strangles case for 2022.

On September 1, 2022, a yearling Quarter Horse cross filly from Lake County became ill with coughing and nasal discharge. The filly was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. While it is unknown if the filly was vaccinated against strangles, the horse is alive and recovering. Two other horses at the property are also suspected of having strangles.

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

August 30, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 36th strangles case for 2022. While it is unclear when the horse initially became ill, a four-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Kent County had a draining submandibular lymph node. On August 23, 2022, the mare was examined by a veterinarian and later confirmed to have the disease. It is unknown if the horse was vaccinated against strangles, but the mare is alive and recovering. Another horse at the property is also suspected of having the disease.

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

August 22, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has been notified to two new cases of strangles for 2022, bringing the total number of cases to 35.

The first case occurred in a 16-year-old Quarter Horse mare from Lapeer County. On July 12, 2022, the mare developed a fever, nasal discharge, and swelling under her jaw. The mare was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and was last known to be alive and recovering.

The other case occurred in a six-year-old miniature horse mare from Monroe County. In May, the horse initially became ill with fever and multiple external abscesses. The mare was later examined by a veterinarian on August 16, 2022, and was confirmed to have strangles. It is unknown if the horse was vaccinated against the disease, but the mare is recovering.

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

​August 8, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 33rd case of strangles for 2022. On July 31, 2022, a 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Ionia County developed fever and nasal discharge. Later, the horse was confirmed to have the disease. The gelding is currently vaccinated against strangles and is recovering. Two other horses at the property are also noted to be ill.

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

July 19, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting two new detections of strangles for 2022, bringing the total number of cases to 32.

One case occurred in a 24-year-old Thoroughbred mare from Washtenaw County. On June 23, 2022, the mare was noted to have nasal discharge and an abscessed lymph node, causing the horse to choke. The mare was tested for strangles and was subsequently confirmed to have the disease. The horse was unvaccinated against strangles and has recovered.

The other case occurred in a five-year-old Paint mare also from Washtenaw County. On July 10, 2022, the mare became ill with fever and nasal discharge, and the horse was later confirmed to have strangles. While the mare was unvaccinated against the disease, 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.

July 11, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 30th case of strangles for 2022. On June 25, 2022, a two-year-old Quarter Horse cross gelding from St. Clair County was noted to have a wound and was later confirmed to have strangles. The gelding is recovering and was unvaccinated against the disease. It was noted the gelding traveled prior to becoming ill, and another horse at the property 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.

​July 5, 2022

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is reporting the 29th case of strangles for 2022. On June 7, 2022, a 19-year-old Standardbred mare from Jackson County became ill with nasal discharge and swelling. The mare was later confirmed to have the disease. The horse is recovering and was unvaccinated against strangles. A seven-year-old Standardbred was reported to have been added to the premises recently, and two additional horses at the premises are also ill.

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

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.

​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.