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Livingston County horse tests positive for equine strangles

A case of a highly contagious disease of the equine upper respiratory tract has been identified in Livingston County.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed a case of equine strangles in Livingston County and five cases in Oakland County.

A 7-year-old Quarter Horse cross mare in Livingston County was confirmed positive for equine strangles on March 21. The mare had been acquired by the current owner on February 27 and had an unknown history. She had onset of clinical signs on March 1. The mare is recovering.

In Oakland County, a 16-year-old Quarter Horse mare was confirmed with equine strangles on March 17. She is recovering.

Strangles was first reported by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at a property in Oakland County on February 15. Three more horses from the same property have since tested positive for equine strangles, bringing the total to five. 

The most recent cases were in a 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse mare, and a 2-year-old Quarter Horse filly. All of the horses are recovering.

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