5 Nov 2014

Outbreak of strangles in Canterbury

7:05 am on 5 November 2014

An equine veterinarian in Canterbury is urging horse owners to get their animals vaccinated after another strangles outbreak in the region.

The highly infectious bacterial disease puts horses off their food, with fevers and swollen hot painful lymph nodes around the jaw that could burst. While most horses recover, it could result in death.

Mountainview Equine vet Glenn Beeman said there have been three seperate cases of the disease recently on properties throughout Cantebury.

Mr Beeman said there was a flare-up of strangles in 2009 in the province and the latest outbreak is a stark reminder that the disease is not going away and horses should be protected.

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