Interim ICC Report – January 19 #16 (29.01.19)

Interim Report Jan 19 #16 (29.01.19) – Report from France on EHV-4 Respiratory Infection & USA on Strangles


Equine Herpes Virus-4 (EHV-4) Respiratory Infection

On 29 January 2019, RESPE reported a case of EHV-4 respiratory infection. The positive diagnosis was confirmed as part of screening by PCR on a nasopharyngeal swab by LABEO Frank Duncombe




The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has confirmed a case of strangles in a three-year-old Miniature gelding in Pasco County.  Onset of illness was reported on 21 January 2019.  The affected animal exhibited laboured breathing, swollen lymph nodes and an elevated temperature. No information has been provided so far as to the current status of the horse nor its vaccination history against the disease.  There are an additional 13 horses on the premises, none of which have evidenced any signs of strangles to this point.


Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of strangles in a ten-year-old Percheron mare in Stevens County.  Onset of clinical signs was 9 January 2019 when the infected horse exhibited signs of upper respiratory distress.  The condition of the mare was such that it had to be euthanased.  Confirmation of a diagnosis of strangles occurred on 24 January.


Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported two cases of strangles on a premises in Pierce County.  Details of the respective cases are as follows: the first case was ten-year-old Paint mare first reported ill on 13 January 2019.  She presented with a bilateral mucopurulent nasal discharge and a fever of 102.2 F.  The horse is making a full recovery from the disease.  The second case involved a Quarter Horse mare (age not provided) that was noted ill on 14 January with fever and a nasal discharge.  This mare is also recovering.  Confirmation of a diagnosis of strangles is still pending on this case.



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International Collating Centre