Horse Haven under quarantine due to case of strangles

Horse Haven under quarantine due to case of strangles


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Equine rescue group Horse Haven will be under quarantine for the next five weeks due to a confirmed case of the highly contagious equine disease known as strangles.

Strangles is a serious infection of horses and other equids characterized by severe inflammation in the head and throat with extensive swelling and often rupture of the lymph nodes, which produces large amounts of pus.

The disease is rarely fatal, but requires stringent treatment to avoid complications.

In a news release, Horse Haven officials say this is the first time they have had to resort to this drastic measure.

Officials say the active case was not a new intake, therefore it's possible the bacteria was carried onto the property by a person or persons. The affected horse had only minimal contact with the public.

Horse Haven is encouraging all horse owners to take necessary precautions to protect their animals from the disease.

Until given the all clear by their veterinarian, all public events on Horse Haven property have been canceled. This includes April's Open House and Adoption Day, April's Volunteer Orientation and the April Trail Challenge.

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