Strangles is one of the oldest infectious diseases described in horses. It is caused by an upper respiratory infection of lymph nodes due to bacteria.
Strep zoo is commonly found in all horses including those that are healthy and those that are ill and it is considered part of the normal bacterial flora. This article by our very own Ben Buchanan DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC will focus exclusively on Streptococcus equi subspecies equi, the causative agent of Strangles; detailing the clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and biosecurity. For even more information, you may also want to check out this article by the AAEP about infectious disease control.
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