Case of Strangles reported in Snohomish County, Washington, second time in 2021

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The Washington State Veterinary Office has reported a case of equine strangles out of a farm located in Snohomish County located in Washington, just north of Seattle. This is the second case reported so far this year in Washington State.

No additional details were provided about the facility, but the report did confirm that eight other horses were exposed and that the facility is under quarantine at this time. The State Veterinary Office has not responded to a request for comment or additional information on the type of facility.

In February, the attending veterinarian for a property in King County, Washington, had confirmed a case of strangles that infected a 10-year-old Paint gelding. That horse had clinical signs on February 15th that included fever, nasal discharge, and a swollen submandibular lymph nodes. 10 other horses had been exposed in that case after the gelding had been transported to the private boarding facility a couple weeks prior.

We will update this story if a response and additional detail is provided by the State Veterinary Office.

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