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Strangles Fact vs. Fiction

A lot of popular opinions are way off the mark when it comes to this infectious disease.
A snotty nose is one of the signs of a possible S. equi (strangles) infection.
Careful precautions must be taken to avoid the spread of the infection once confirmed.

without question, one of the more feared and dreaded contagious respiratory diseases of the horse is infection with a bacterium called streptococcus equi, more commonly known as “strangles.” but what is strangles, and how can it be prevented? and if your horse gets strangles, is he going to be ok?


Strangles is a messy disease caused by a contagious bacterium. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed contagious diseases of the horse, and it occurs throughout the world. It was first reported as early as 1251. To put that in perspective, that’s about the same time that the Mongols were rapidly expanding their empire.

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