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Hello. My name is***** and I am an equine veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Star has been diagnosed with strangles. If I understand correctly, your horses are in different pens, but have access to each other when let out while you are cleaning the pens. Has there been any access or contact to other horses in the last 14 days?
Thank you. I just wanted to be sure that it is only these 3 that are ever in contact with each other, correct? Are there any other horses in the area or on trails?
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First, strangles is a bacteria called, Streptococcus equi and it is highly contagious. It can be transferred directly from horse to horse. It can also be transferred from a human if the bacteria gets on equipment or clothes. Usually, it comes from direct contact from a different horse. A horse can have the bacteria for months to years and not show any signs. That is how they transfer it to other horses and new horses get infected. So if there is no contact with other horses then it is possible that one of your holder horses is also infected although not showing any signs that need to be treated.
Treatment of strangles is with antibiotics. There is also a vaccination that can help to prevent future infections.
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If the water troughs are shared then Star should have her one trough and should be not allowed to come into contact or share equipment with your other horses until this is treated. No special precautions need to be taken with your other horses.
Good. That is what you want to do. Just make sure not to use the same tack for them as you do with Star until this is completely treated.
You should not need to clean their pens or do anything with them. As long as Star was not in those pens then they should still be clean. Make sure during the day that you interact with Star last out. You do not want to work with Star and get the bacteria on your hands or clothes and then interact with your other horses. If you do touch Star then make sure to either thoroughly wash your hands or change your clothes. I am assuming Star is currently being treated with antibiotics.
Bleach is always a better cleaning agent. That will certainly kill the bacteria on contact. You do not need to clean the troughs if there is no sharing between the horses. If each has their own trough then those can be left alone. If there is any kind of sharing then they should be cleaned.
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