Strangles outbreak near Barrie, Ontario

08:13 PM 22 Aug 2008 NZST
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The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises that there has been an outbreak of Strangles at a horse training centre near Barrie, Ontario.

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises that there has been an outbreak of Strangles at a horse training centre near Barrie, Ontario.

Strangles is a highly contagiousand serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcusequi.

Local veterinarians are dealing with the situation and have implemented control measures.

Provided that these measures are adhered to, there is very little risk to the local horsepopulation.

In addition, Georgian Downs has carried out sanitation procedures to preventany spread of the disease at that facility.

The ORC is closely monitoring the situation and any further developments will be reported.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your local ORC licensed veterinarian.Rob McKinney, Deputy DirectorOntario Racing Commission416 213-0520

For more information please click here: http://www.ontarioracingcommission.ca/whatsnew.aspx?id=500

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