‘Strangles’ Infection Diagnosed In Jersey

14th February 2018

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A contagious disease that only affects horses has been diagnosed in Jersey.
Strangles is a common bacterial infection which can spread, but the New Era Vet Hospital thinks its limited to just one yard at present.
That yard has been closed until it’s confirmed that the infection is gone.
A vaccine is available, but its not 100% effective and can have side-effects – so it’s not recommended until the cause of the outbreak is known.
John Hamilton from the hospital says its important to keep horses seperate for the moment.
“We are not saying to people not to ride their horses. What we are doing is for a period of two weeks, we are asking the clubs and societies to hold off from having groups of horses getting together because we don’t know whether it has spread from the one yard or not.
“We are hoping it is isolated to one yard, but we won’t know for a couple of weeks.”
The symptoms include:
  • High temperature
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing
  • Swellings under the jaw or in the upper throat which can burst releasing pus
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty Breathing
The disease is not airborne but can be spread by direct or indirect contact and occasionally by people moving between yards.
New Era is asking anyone with a horse that shows these symptoms to get in touch with them.
The hospital also wants islanders to avoid contact with horses as much as possible at the moment – and to use anti-bacterial soap if you do have contact.

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