With more than 600 outbreaks per year in the UK and thousands of horses affected globally, Strangles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases of the horse worldwide. However, little is known about the immune response that is initiated in horses after they are infected with Streptococcus equi.

Research in the Immunology group focused on Strangles aims to explain what happens when Streptococcus equi has infected horses, and if we can apply this knowledge to the development of safer and more effective vaccines that can protect horses for longer.

A further aim is to understand how the genetic background of horses can make them more susceptible to infections, affect the disease severity, and their abilities to not clear or to completely clear the infection.