Understanding strangles

09/28/2011 | St. Augustine Record (Fla.), The

The bacterium Streptococcus equi causes strangles, a disease of horses, donkeys and mules, and also known as equine distemper. The disease is characterized by pustular discharge from the nose and swollen lymph nodes in the neck and throat, writes veterinarian Robert F. Kahrs. Although infection in people and non-equine species is rare, it can occur, and equine strangles is a reportable disease in some states.

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