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An outbreak of Strangles in Canberra’s horses

johnboy 7 May 2013 6

The ABC has the worrying news that the charmingly named “Strangles” is attacking the region’s horses:

A highly contagious disease that has the potential to kill horses has broken out in the ACT and parts of southern New South Wales.

Strangles is a bacterial disease that causes nasal discharge and swelling of the lymph nodes around the animal’s neck and head, which, in extreme cases, restricts breathing.

ACT senior veterinary officer Dr Will Andrew says the five outbreaks so far have been among recreational horses.

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milkman 7:54 pm 07 May 13

Nasal discharge? Yummmm…

Masquara 7:29 pm 07 May 13

shirty_bear said :

At first glance I read that as “Canberra’s whores” … that *would* be a story.

No you didn’t.

andym 5:21 pm 07 May 13

Someone better vaccinate Brumby Jack….

JazzyJess 5:16 pm 07 May 13

Meat pie/lasagne jokes aside this is serious. We nearly lost a horse once to strangles as I didn’t get the vet quickly enough. Poor old mite had reams of pus coming out of his nostrils and glands the size of cricket balls.

shirty_bear 4:33 pm 07 May 13

At first glance I read that as “Canberra’s whores” … that *would* be a story.

Tony 2:30 pm 07 May 13

Is this going to affect the supply of meat pies in Canberra?

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