The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has reported several recent cases of infectious disease in the province.

In the first instance, a 14-year-old mixed-breed gelding living at a boarding facility in Frontenac County in southeastern Ontario has been diagnosed with strangles. The horse began displaying clinical signs on Dec. 15 and was diagnosed with purpura hemorrhagica, an immune-mediated vascular disease often associated with exposure to S. equi antigens which were cultured from the horse’s guttural pouches. There were other horses on the property with nasal discharge within the last month. The horse is currently recovering under veterinary supervision and voluntary animal movement restrictions on the farm are being implemented.

Read more about strangles here.

In York Region, a 20-year-old mare has been reported with equine herpesvirus – neurologic (EHV-1) after presenting with clinical signs on Dec. 16, specifically ataxia (incoordination) and dysuria (difficulty urinating). She is now recovering and the facility owner has implemented voluntary animal movement restrictions and biosecurity measures under veterinary supervision. This is the eighth equine facility in Ontario to have a horse diagnosed with EHV-1 neurologic disease this year.

Read more about equine herpesvirus here.

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