In recent years there has been much concern about the Hendra Virus and it’s effect in the Northern NSW area, so Strangles seems to have taken a ‘back seat’.
What is Strangles?
Coffs Harbour Produce has previously published articles on Strangles as we believe that it is still super important for our Equine friends to be vaccinated against this debilitating condition. You can read about Strangles here, and Tetanus and Strangles here.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) warned of an alarming surge in strangles outbreaks in NSW. Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease which affects all states and territories in Australia. In NSW alone, a total of 64 cases of strangles were reported to the DPI in 2013, up from only 29 the previous year.
Strangles is a highly contagious respiratory disease especially in foals and younger horses. The causative organism is Streptoccus equi and it is spread from horse to horse very easily.
Horses suffering from strangles may have a purulent discharge from the nostrils and enlargement of the lymph glands under the jaw. These lymph glands can abscess and burst exuding a thick yellow pus. Fever, depression and a lack of appetite are common symptoms associated with infection. Most horses will eventually recover but they may need to be out of work and quarantined for long periods of time. Once infected, horses can shed the bacteria for many months. Continue reading →
Fasciola hepatica or Liver Fluke is a flatworm that parasitises a wide range of hosts including sheep, cattle, horses, rabbits, wallabies and even humans. The adults live in the bile duct and feed on blood, which can lead to chronic disease and impairment of performance, but greater impacts are usually seen from the damage caused by the immature flukes developing within the liver. Continue reading →
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